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Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: Yesterday at 22:00

Thanks hogweed. I like the look of leycesteria. And I have a kerria growing through our beech hedge so might have a go at moving a clump of it this autumn. Hadn't thought of that, thank you! 


Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: Yesterday at 21:33

Thanks Verdun. A useful list to look at. The other issue is rabbits - a few you have mentioned I already have in my garden and have been munched by the rabbits (tiarella, liriope and brunneras). But one of the few things that has done well in the shady spot is an acer, and there are so many pretty ones so I may well get another different one.

Sarcococca is a good call too. 



Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: Yesterday at 19:30

I have an area down the side of my drive which is shaded by next doors very large sycamore trees. The border still gets some sun, as the trees are to the north of them, and especially in spring when the leaves aren't out yet. I've planted it with a number of shrubs, but nothing seems to be thriving as it is so dry from the sycamores, and also suffers from honeydew/sooty mould from aphids on the sycamores. 

So my question is- any ideas for tough shrubs or perennials that will be happy here - part shade, dry, and aphid infested?!?! 

I am planing on planting a load of spring bulbs, and also hoping to plant shrubs that would fill out, but as everything is suffering, nothing is really taking off, so perhaps some ideas for ground cover too until the shrubs get established. (Am thinking alchemilla mollis and some hardy geraniums so far). 

Involving Young People

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 20:29

I have a copy of it. Just found it in my cupboard.  Send me a Private message with your address and I can post it to you. 


What are these bugs in the pond?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 16:50

My pond is exactly the same. We built it in Feb, and went through the cloudy green stage that I am aware is normal in a new pond. Yesterday I noticed the same creatures as you and seems to have coincided with it going lovely and clear so i assumed they had somehtg to do with it. Although it may be that the reason I have only just noticed them is because it has cleared, not due to their presence 

I'm hoping they are going to be good food for my tadpoles which have still not turned into froglets.

Looks like rhubarb?

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 20:26

Some kind of chard? 

Native plants

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 13:57

What about a crab apple? 

Runner Ducks

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 13:50

I can't remember what programme I saw some on, but the owners said that they were great as they don't scratch like chickens but they eat all the beasties off the plants. Sounds like a great idea. I would love some! 

Plant/Weed ID

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 20:53

You ARE amazing. Thank you! Knew you lot would know what it was 

Plant/Weed ID

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 17:13

I have something growing under a newly planted hedge which I assumed was bindweed.  It has a dark purple twining stem which is just starting to come into classic bindweed shaped leaves.


When I dug it up however, it has huge roots, almost the thickness of tree roots.  They look woody on the outside but are white and fleshy on the inside.



Any ideas? Is this just a kind of bindweed I haven't come across before or something else? 

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