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Yes, clay soil and NNE facing... Many plants do well: helebores, ferns, geranium, phlox, globe thistle, euphorbia; some do okay: astrantia, roses, geums. I need some suggestions. Have you grown plants successfully in similar conditions?
If it helps the following trees and shrubs grow well: sambucus, laurel, holly, laburnum, syringa, witch hazel...
I have ,my soil is as heavy as clay soil can get,my veggie garden took a lot work and compost to get it where it is today and as well as being clay it is sloping garden on a hill side with more sun in the front of the house than back,I have holly,hazel,Laurel ,fir,sumac,flowering red currant,forsythia oak,,Gunnera,,pyracantha,dogwood,clematis,hellebore,hawthorn,
it takes some effort but I grow a lot more than i have listed,its not easy soil.
Thanks for all of your advice! Have you any white, purple, blue, orange flowering plants?
I like the cottage garden feel too and have some of the plants you mention. Shrubs do well, despite the winds we get (on top of a moor). We're an optimistic lot, we gardeners, aren't we?
I think we are optimistic catnip and most of the time plants do grow. Then we get over ambitious and 'almost hardy in sheltered areas' gets stretched a little bit too far. And you know a plant likes well drained soil but yours isn't too heavy really etc.................
My list of casualties is long but I haven't finished experimenting.
That's the spirit! I do try to place plants in the optimum position but sometimes there are difficult positions to fill, Answer: pop in a plant I like