Carol Klein: Gardening expert explains what plants grow best in sunny and shady conditions

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Gardening expert Carol Klein has shared her tips exclusively with for growing plants in small spaces as well as sunny and shady spots. Carol’s main advice was to choose the correct plants for the conditions you have. “You want to choose plants that are appropriate for the kind of conditions you have,” she said.

For those with sunny balconies, she said to “go to town” with flowers.

She recommended penstemons which will give gardeners “loads of colour for months and months and months”.

She continued: “They love living in pots.

“I think the thing is, you’ve got to try and ensure that you have as big pots as you possibly can and you always use versatile compost that sustains growth.”

She added: “Choose plants that will enjoy the conditions you’ve got.”

For shady spaces, she recommended going for foliage rather than flowers.

She said: “If you’ve got a shady place, perhaps be prepared to forgo flowers and just concentrate on really gorgeous exotic foliage, have beautiful ferns.

“If you’ve got an incredibly dry place and you’ve only got little pots, you could try sedums.

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“They’ll thrive on absolutely anything.”

Carol also said that if you don’t have pots, you can grow small plants in bricks that have holes in.

She recommended growing sempervivums which need hardly any soil.

She said the plants are “almost indestructible” and have a huge range of different shapes and patterns.

She continued: “You can manage those just in a tray of pebbles or in a brick or in a shallow pot.”

Carol said “the most important thing” to do is have a look around and do research.

She continued: “If you’re in a sunny place, try lots of things like South African daisy plants.”

She recommended osteospermum which come in a “whole range of colours”.

Quite a lot of them grow from seed or you can buy the plants in garden centres.

However, Carol said not to put the plants straight outside at the moment as the weather is too cool.

“Be prepared to look after them, water well of course once you’ve started it once you get into the spring and summer,” she added.

“But also be prepared to give them a little bit of liquid feed.”

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