Real World Gardener New plant for Dry Shade in Plant of the Week

April 19th, 2018



Lamium Mega

Are you after a groundcover for dry shade?

Would you like something with more colour where nothing colourful grows?

Something different perhaps than native violets, dichondra or ferns.

Dry shade tends to be dark, and the main way of enhancing a dark spot is planting something with either pale or white flowers or pale or silver foliage.



Cheer up the gloomiest of corners in your garden with this suggestion.

Let’s find out how to grow it.

I'm talking with Karen Smith, editor of and Jeremy Critchley owner of


PLAY: Lamium_mega_11th April 2018

Its common name, deadnettle, is unglamorous, but this lamium makes the best ground cover for tricky, shady spots.



Its silver, heart-shaped leaves with a green rim lighten up dreary corners, and the mauve (OK, "Mega Purple", if you must) flowers appear reliably throughout Summer.

This is a ground hugger, though, reaching a height and spread of just 30cm x 45cm

If you have any questions about Lamium mega , either for me or for the plant panel or have some information to share, why not drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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