Plants for a shady garden?

Very probably the No. 1 Frequently Asked Question I hear deals with shade and what to plant in the supposedly inhospitable, gloomy parts of the garden.  Of course there are different kind of shade, from buildings, fences, other plants, overhanging trees, deep shade, dappled shade, dry shade, damp shade, partial shade, at different times of…

Once upon a time….

Well here I am, sometime in the very early 80s (I decline to be more exact, though it could be the very, very late 1970s), with a prize-winning sun flower (2nd). The family garden in Winchmore Hill, North London, which thinking about it now, was a rather good garden. Dutch Elm disease did away with…