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What plants are good for a garden area that gets morning sun but then a lot of shade rest of day
It is for a north facing front garden
would like medium plants maybe with flowers or not with spring and winter interest
are grasses suitable as well
anyone got any clues?
I use this site a lot for its extensive list of shade loving plants.
Where to start?
Spring bulbs - anaemones, chinodoxa, species crocus, smaller daffs, bluebells, muscari, erythroniums, frittillary- if moist enough.
Plants - heucheras, japanese anemones, hardy geraniums- lots to chose from, Vinca minor, Solomons seal, epimediums- if dry shade, ajugas for ground cover, yes various ivies, lamiums.
Grasses - I've got an evergreen yellow grass, a carex I think, growing really well in a dry shade similar situation.
It does depend on why it's shade/what's causing it. Under deciduous trees lots of the spring bulbs pop up, flower then die back as the tree canopy above closes up. The soil beneath trees is invariably dry too, because of the tree's roots, so you need to plant in 'pockets' to get things established.
Fences/house walls however are permanent so the shade is almost 'deeper'. Usually just as dry, because of the rain shadow.
Hope some of these suggestions help. J.
How could I forget Hellebores- some bigger than others, in flower now.
Also Euphorbia amygdaoides-Robbiae, yes can be invasive, but copes very well in dry shade & easily pulled up when nec.
Hardy fuschias too will cope, some obviously taller than others. J.
Brilliant suggestions from jo4eyes, I would add hebes for evergreen interest, especially the small leaved varieties, ferns ofc any size and brilliant colours, Fatsia Japonica for architectural shape and to light up a North facing corner and Acers (some can stay reasonably small) if you want to contrast with the purple varieties especially. Acers will need a bit of decent soil, but will cope well once established.
Hi Gardengirl.. just came across this and thought it maybe of help:
Plants that like shade: http://www.rattangardenfurniture.co.uk/blog/plants-for-shade-10-plants-for-part-and-full-shade-areas/