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I have a very narrow strip of earth, about 10 inches wide, alongside a fence which is north facing and always in total shade. I have some winter and summer heathers which seem quite happy there and a tiarella, which also does ok. But I would like some brighter summer colour along this fence. I would like low growing stuff as it also borders a path. I am quite fond of fuchsia, and wondered about the hardy dwarf shrubs. Any advice and any ideas please would be welcome.
Fuschia will do well in partial shade-begonias and impatiens are good summer bedding in the shade if you just want temporary colour
Tradescantia will flower in shade most of summer and is a perennial. Japanese anemone also
What about heucheras with different coloured leaves.
Otherwise, for colour, you can't do much better than Geoff's answer.
Hi you should also try (monkey flower) and it comes in different colours .it grows to about 6 to8 " high in summer and as low as 1/2" in winter and its perennial
Thanks everyone for the ideas, really good to know there are some colourful flowers that don't mind shade. I shall certainly put in some Fuschias, heucheras, and the tradescantia. Not heard of the Monkey Flower, but will investigate online about this
I just hope we have some decent weather this year to enjoy them all.
Many thanks for your expertise.
An update on my north facing border. Have planted a range of fuschias, divided the tiarella and created some more plants, added a nepeta along one end, and a couple of heucheras. All doing well except for the heucharas which are not growing, but at least not dying.
Thanks for all the help
HI Novice- Violas do well in shady areas too so might be worth trying them -lots of colours to choose from and they're low growing. If the soil's a bit dry the Heucheras may struggle a little so if you water and then mulch they might be happier. You can get nice bright green varieties which are good in the shade - the purple ones sometimes disappear a bit unless you have some brighter foliage around them. If you like grasses some of the Carexes have good green/gold foliage and are evergreen. I have Carex 'Evergold' which forms a nice 'mound' about a foot high and takes sun as well as shade. They look good with purple heucheras