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hi there all im in the middle of redoing my mums garden its in semi shade and shares its spot with a large cherry tree amd another large tree.. theres is a wall at the back of the garden with honeysuckle climbing it to try amd hide it now i was thinking what plants go well with cornus dogwood the orange one as my mum is keen on having this plant near the wall but i cant think which plants would go well with dogwood i quite like the idea of roses in front of dogwood with heucheras in front of them but thought this might be too much so just need to know really what goes well with cornus? also what colour schemes work well in garden? i am after flowering shrubs that tolerate fullshade/part shade thank you

Fuchsias plus the heucheras perhaps.


Colour schemes are a matter of personal choice Darren,Perhaps use your Mums favourite colour as a starting point,Some people choose to have just one or two colours others go for a more relaxed cottage style of planting,

Ferns do well in the shaded areas ,you could also try some grasses . Perhaps ,lavender and maybe put in some bulbs for spring colour..


Hey Darren, Roses need full sun to reach there full potential but lots of shrubs will tolerate partial shade. It will possibly be poor dry soil? If a mature cherry tree and another tree are growing there. I would steer clear of lavenders and roses if you are sure its partial shade, they wont thrive. I grow lots of Heuchera's so would definitely advocate them. Some ferns and foxgloves like dryish partial shade.

Definitetly dig in plenty of compost if it is really dry soil. Not alot of plants like full shade so consider raising the canopy on one or both of the trees or just remove any branchs that would allow more light to the area you want to plant up and that dont spoil the overall shape of the tree. Watch where the sun goes throughout the day and see if you can get more sunlight where you want it 

thanks all for the replys i will stay clear of roses and plant a few heucheras at the front was also considering anemone hybrida as think maybe they will thrive there aswell.. as for the trees they have a TPO so am unsure of what work i am allowed to do to the trees if anyone knows any more about tpo on trees id love to know


Stacey Docherty

Darren tpo orders can vary you beat bet is to contact the council they will be able to advise you you can cut fanged branches that may cause any potential damage to your property

Stacey Docherty

Oh and how about some hellebores they look great with heuchera as well as providing a stunning spring display

Darren,,if ??ou can dig in some compost, etc consider hellebores. They flower from early in the year to mid spring.

Ok,,not flowerimg, but hackonochloa would look good there I'd not too dry.  It's a,handsome erect then cascading yellow grass with hints of orange and red.

If dogwoods,grow well there the chances are that the soil is reasonably moist...?  

There are lots of plamts I,could suggest but can you say if the soil is good or,poor.  Dry or moist?  


If the soil is very dry it is not ideal for a Cornus as they thrive in damper soil.

A combination of plants already suggested would do very well. Hellebores, Jap. Anenomes, Heuchera and ferns would provide colour [ both flowers and leaves ] for most of the year.

ok thank you will contact council and see what is said the cherry ytree is a bit out of contol surely gettin a tree surgeon to reshape it wont do any harm i will see what is said.. ok thank you i will give that a go and see how things go.. im also after a cascading flowering shrub to grow on top of a wall so it cascades over the edge if anyone has any ideas?

Darren, What do you mean growing ontop of a wall? Is there a raised wall with soil in the cavity? I cant think of a shrub that will cascade over the sides But if that area gets plenty of sun Aubretia would cascade over the sides of the wall, we have had great success with cerastium (snow in summer) It covered our entire rockery and I have to hack it back each summer after flowering.

yes it is raised wall with sloping soil the area gets a lot of sun which i supose expands the range of plants i will look up aubretia and see whats its like because i have not seen this shrub thank you

Darren, aubretia is a low cascading perennial.  Flowers in spring. However, check out helianthemums......rock or sun roses.  They are evergreen, flower for much of,the summer in colours from white to red to yellow, etc.  my favourites are the Wisley varieties ...wisley pink and wisley primrose both having lovely greyish foliage. 

In such a wall, ??ou can grow all manner of things.  Alyssum is a lovely yellow cascading plant that will set off purple aubretia.  Arabis is a white or pink....prefer the white.....cascading plant, 

Sorry Dean......please Darren DONT grow cerastium.  It is a thug that seeds EVERYWHERE.  I know some people like it but it will overwhelm your garden.

I have a couple of walls filled with aubretia, alyssum, Helianthemums, mesembryanthemums, Arabis, osteospermums, all cascading down the low walls.  Lovely in spring and summer.  You,will have a riot of colour.

All great suggestions Verdun. I have found alot of rock roses in my garden get damaged by the frost and can have die back, they are lovely though. With regard to Cerastiums, our Cerastium matt has never sown any seed at all, It grows outwards sure and I use my shears to trim it back to the edge of the path, I never trim the top of the plant and it never produces any seed pods where the flowers were. I wouldn't go as far as to use the word thug when describing it, It looks beautiful cascading over a wall smothered in white flowers in early summer. If it does self seed, free plants to give away or plant elsewhere!

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