Posted: 19/10/2017 at 21:15
I have an endless supply Harry, as I work in an equestrian centre
I'd use any of the bagged manures - whichever one you feel is suitable. Some of the heavier, more moisture retentive composts would probably do a good job too. Anything which will add a bit of heart to your soil and help retain moisture because of the site.It's not a problem I have living in the west of Scotland - dry soil!
As it's shady - white and pale colours are useful as they light up darker spots. Variegated foliage is also good, so it might be worth looking at that type of planting. There' are some pale hardy fuchsias which might suit, although I don't know if they'll appreciate drier conditions. White potentillas will be fine in almost any soil once established, and though not evergreen , will flower for a long period. Most Euphorbias will also be fine in dry shade, and will give a good display and contrast to other planting all year round. There are evergreen Carexes with gold/green foliage which will also be fine, and the deciduous Hakonechloa makes a nice golden, weeping clump throughout the summer and into autumn. Mine is just changing colour and starting to go over just now, so it's a good long lasting plant for a mixed border.
Some vertical perennials like white Japanese Anemones will also give a contrast to the shape of shrubs. They flower a bit later, and there are white Aquilegias for early in the year. Pale hardy geraniums will always be useful too.
There will be plenty of other shrubs/plants too, and if you mix them with spring bulbs, especially creamy or white narcissus and crocus, you'll get a long succession of flowers.
Last edited: 19 October 2017 21:15:26