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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:01 am    Post subject: plants in the shade Reply with quote

I'm planning on putting in a few raised beds that will be in the shade of a few trees.
I really have no idea of what plants will grow under these conditions so looking for some ideas.
I really like ferns, the type you see growing wild all over the country so deffo want to have a few of them in it.

In lidl tonight they were selling off some heathers, I'm wondering would they flower during the summer as they should still have a lovely colour in the winter
All ideas welcome Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most ferns should be ok 56K Natas.
To flower well however your heathers should have good access to sunlight.

A bit more info......

Part Shade, Partial Shade or Dappled Shade.
If you see this printed on a plants list of needs, you should allow it only 3 to 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Bear in mind that noontime sun can be far too intense for these plants; they often thrive best if they receive only morning to noon sun or else the less severe evening sun.

Dappled shade occurs when strong lengthy sunlight makes its way partially through the branches and leaves of a sheltering or overhanging tree. Examples of plants coping with partial sun include... primrose, Berginia, comfrey, busy lizzies, foxglove, and Hydrangea. Of the vegetables coping with partial Shade, examples would be leafy specimens such as lettuce and spinach.

Full Shade or Deep Shade.
Anything listed as requiring this aspect can cope with less than 3 hours of sunlight daily. Plants that fall into this category are very useful, as I'm sure like me, you will have those dark, dingy areas of your garden where most sun-loving plants struggle towards failure. Examples of plants coping with deep shade include... Lily of the valley, many Euonymus, Skimmia, Vinca, Fatsia, and most plain green ivies.

From my article......... How many hours of light are Full sun, Part shade, Full Shade.

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