Our own woodland wildflowers put on a a magnificent display in early spring, making the most of the warm sunshine before the canopy closes over. 

We’ve put together a list of our top 12 woodland plants for the wildflower garden. If you have a shady spot beneath some trees, beside a hedge or even along a shady wall, they’ll thrive in the cool, moist soil. Some are quite tough and will even grow in dry shade, always tricky to plant. Or, if you don’t have a large garden, why not grouping some together in a pot?

The list combines some familiar woodland flowers such as bluebells, wood anemones and snowdrops with some less common plants to try, like the amazing Herb Paris or delicate Coralroot. If you enjoy growing edible plants then try garlicky Ransoms, and lovers of scent will be captivated by Lily-of-the-valley.

There are many other woodland plants to choose from, but these are the dozen that we wouldn’t want to be without:

  1. Bastard balm
  2. Bluebell
  3. Lesser Celandine
  4. Coralroot
  5. Herb Paris
  6. Lily-of-the-valley
  7. Primrose
  8. Ramsons
  9. Snowdrop
  10. Wild daffodil
  11. Wood anemone
  12. Wood sorrel


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