Posted: 19/10/2013 at 09:46
Blairs I know what you say is correct. It's a difficult situation for most plants.
.....I dug up Dryopteris The King few years back and neglected it by leaving it unplanted on the top of lid on one of my compost containers (shady, dry) then noticed it doing very well in its first summer....prob growing 3 or 4' . It is still there and It still looks fine. I always try to plant things where, in theory, they will thrive. (I hate unhappy looking plants) at some time I will plant this fern in its ideal place...viz., in some good soil with moisture.
Second thing......a neighbour has a Leylandii castlewellan gold hedge some 10 ' high and wanted something to grow on the shady and dry/parched side. I suggested hemerocallis that grow reasonably well there albeit with limited flowers. He also grows Dryopteris in between ......soil was enriched before planting. Last I saw it was doing fine