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I have 140 feet of north-facing larch lap fence which needs planting against with shrubs or hardy perennials. The ground is further shaded by trees growing on the other side of the fence which creates heavy shade where I want to plant.
If anyone has successfully grown anything in these conditions I'd be grateful for some advice on what to plant.
Sarcococca is good in shade and smells nice in winter.
Cornus mas seems to be coping as shade has overtaken it.
Choisya does surprisingly well in shade. Euonymous fortunei in all its many varieties.
Hazels are good.
ferns, hostas, aquilegias, foxgloves, pulmonarias, dicentras, some of the hardy geraniums, epimediums.
Will that do for a start. I'm sure there'll be more suggestions
Hydraengas do well, i have a long row facing north and they are fantastic every year.
Clematis montana will grow up in shade, then dance along the top of the fence. Russian vine will grow anywhere, but you have to be sure you really want it as it grows very large very quickly.
Euphorbia (wood spurge). I have this growing in almost complete shade under my red robin and flowering red currant.It loves the shade and is a woodland plant by nature (hence the name)
Two native shrubs that cope with heavy shade are Spurge laurel [Daphne laureola] and butchers broom, [Ruscus aculeatus], neither is particularly ornamental though they are evergreen and they keep to manageable size.
Thanks. A good selection there. I already have a few hydrangeas from cuttings so I'll try them and there's already ivy there. Perhaps not ideal is weigela, but I have cuttings of those so I might use them - unless anyone knows they're not a good idea. Ideally I'd like native shrubs, but they're less common in garden centres.
I have foxgloves and bluebells already that can move themselves in now the ground has been cleared, but I'd like a few native ferns and other native species that can be left to get on with it. A scattering of woodland flower mixture perhaps.
I can see I'm going to be busy!
nutcutlet wrote (see)
Sarcococca is good in shade and smells nice in winter. Cornus mas seems to be coping as shade has overtaken it. Choisya does surprisingly well in shade. Euonymous fortunei in all its many varieties. Hazels are good. ferns, hostas, aquilegias, foxgloves, pulmonarias, dicentras, some of the hardy geraniums, epimediums. Will that do for a start. I'm sure there'll be more suggestions
Ceres wrote (see)
Vinca and ivy are both good for ground cover in shade.
Thanks Nutcutlet & Ceres ....
I've got an area like this and have some of the plants you've mentioned. Should look less drab this year.
In similar conditions in my garden I have Comfrey. It's herbaceous (not the shrubs that Fionamm is looking for), is excellent ground cover and the bees love the flowers. I'm told it's also good as under planting for trees and shrubs as it only grows to about 15 inch tall. An extra bonus is when you cut it back after flowering in spring you can use the surplus foliage to make a rather smelly liquid plant food. I'm going to try this next year.
I have 3 small Hydraengas, red, white and blue. I bought the red one first, and planted it in the south garden, in the shade. I planted the other two in the same location, but the red one is suffering badly, so badly that all the blooms have turned brown. I think maybe this one may not have been looked after properly when it was being grown, as there are no new leaves or bloom heads, but the other two are doing really well. Any ideas as to the problem? Thanks
What do you call a flower riding a horse?
The Lone Hydrangea
Fishy65 wrote (see)
What do you call a flower riding a horse? The Lone Hydrangea
How abour pieris, amelanchier, choisya, spirea, hydrangea as mentioned, leycesteria, mahonia, aucuba, red currant, skimmia. Enough there to keep you going.
I often order plants and get ideas from these folks, their suggestions for shade are really good.
I have a shade garden and often have to plant in dry shade, my best plants this year were euphorbia, alchemilla mollis, aquilegia and tiarella.