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Would photinia thrive in a shady area?  A gap of about 6ft at the side of the house needs to be filled with something interesting.  Suggestions please.

Fatsia japonica. I have one in a big pot under a huge conifer and it does GREAT. Like similar conditions as ivy. Very much a shady woodland guy, but looks tropical  think glossy evergreen castor-oil plant. That's be my choice.

Lindylou333

Yes, I agree with auntie betty.  Fatsia japonica loves the shade and has lovely large leaves. 

Fatsia not a tall shrub though. 

Rosie, how shady is it?  if you get a few hours of good light every day it would be ok 

Lavender Lady

mahonia likes a shady spot and in the winter you get the lovely yellow flowers and scent.  Can get tall, mine is about 5ft.

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Thank you for your ideas.  Fatsia and mahonia sound right, although I had in mind a kind of high hedge.  Sunshine reaches the area early morning and late afternoon, with a high fence and oak tree providing the shade.   Fast growing would be nice!

My fatsia is 8ft tall and that's in a pot! Golden bamboo (phyllostachys aureum)? I suspect red robin wouldn't be very red in that much shade - in which case u may as well use laurel! Aucuba (spotted laurel) might be nice...

Facing facts I guess that the forsythia, which was there and suddenly died, can't be replaced with something as cheerful in Spring.  I must say that both mahonia and japonica do grow to good heights and could be the answer.  

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