Posted: 21/09/2013 at 16:26
I'm a new gardener and I wondered if some more experienced people have any advice.
I have moved to a new house and large garden. The garden is southwest facing and has quite a large shady area. It is shady partly because it only gets the sun for a few hours and partly because there is a massive oak tree, the canopy of which extends over most of one end of the garden. The rest of the garden gets the sun for between a third and the whole of the day.
Ive read a lot in this forum about gardening in shady areas so I thought that In the shade/dappled shade area I could make a "woodland garden" and have been compiling a list of possible plants to grow there. One of the plants I've read could be good is Helleborus.
Today I noticed that a couple of the "mystery plants" already growing in the shady area are Helleborus. They are quite large but their leaves are very tattered and holey and they don't seem particularly happy. Also I've been here since May but I haven't seen them flower.
Does anyone have any advice as to things I could do to care for these established plants and make them happier? The previous owners did not to any gardening at all so the plants have not been watered, mulched, fed etc for years and also they are sharing the area with rather a lot of brambles and bindweed (which I plan to remove!).
Also, does anyone have any stories to share of neglected gardens they have taken over and transformed that could give me inspiration for where the heck to even start with this garden?!
Thank you so much to anyone who replies