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shade loving plants and grasses

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 22:02

Hi Jason,

As Lindsay says, Mme Alfred is a great and vigorous climbing rose (mine's trained on a north fence and in heavy but free-draining soil and diesvery well).

I also have 2 raised flower beds along the same north fence and have snail-resilient hostas (sum and substance), ferns, hellebores, vincas, pulmonaria, heucheras in one (lime greens/purples/whites) and have made the other bed ericaceous, with an acer palmatum, camellia and more hostas and ferns in it.

Separately I have a north bed with loads of bulbs (cyclamen coums for spring, cyclamen hederifolium for autumn, snowdrops, lily of the valley, the odd bluebell) as well as some ground cover lamiums, and geranium phaeums plus other shade loving perennial geraniums.

Also have some lovely golden Hakonechloa, a Japanese grass which tumbles and is very tough.

I had never bought stuff for partial or full shade before I had this garden, but found it really easy once I'd found this amazing mail order site called: www.plantsforshade.co.uk - it's really well designed with easy to browse alphabetical categories, good info and photos. Worth spending some time reading and seeing what you like best. 

Their delivery was excellent and all the plants I ordered were in great condition too.

Enjoy your shady patch!

 

nesting blackbird

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 22:02

aaaaw! any new pics?

Golden courgette

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 21:59

Coir pellets?

And there was me thinking compost with a sprinkle of vermiculite was quite advanced

Poorly Grass?

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 21:58

Good luck!

Poorly Grass?

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 10:34

Is this a Phormium by any chance?

It could just be that it suffered the cold a bit.

I'd just wait for the new growth and check what that's like - could all be fine

nematodes

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 10:32

I use them every year and they work wonders, especially for my poor hostas!

 

Definitely worth the money, in my opinion - I use the vine weevil ones too.

Golden courgette

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 10:31

Thanks Matty

Golden courgette

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 21:09

By the way, what's the best variety for a container and possibly for a smaller space?

Just had a look at these seeds and my mind boggled!

http://search.thompson-morgan.com/search?w=courgette+plants

 

Golden courgette

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 21:06

thanks Matty and AW - you've given me some courage!

Golden courgette

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 19:57

Thanks Figrat  Hope they do ok in a pot...my ones in bed last year were ruined by fungus as it was so wet...

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