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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:04 pm    Post subject: Planting ideas for a very shaded area Reply with quote

Hi everyone hope ye are enjoying the weather. I'm looking for a few suggestions on planting for a very shaded spot.

We built an extension at the back of our house which left a kind of small alleyway to our back door.

At the minute it has become a bit of a hiding area for all kinds of junk and I am looking to spruce it up.

It is 6 foot wide and 12 foot long it is surrounded by walls on the south east and west sides and therefore faces north and gets no direct light.

Any suggestions on what I could grow in this spot. The area is paved so everything would have to be in planters. I would love to have some height in it and have a lush sort of feel to it.

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alternate large and small planters?.

In the large put Fatsia Japonica and in the smaller Dryopteris Affinis?

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hostas look great in Planters. Also Heuchera
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ado 2 wrote:
Hostas look great in Planters. Also Heuchera
All our hostas are in pots, some are sunk into the soil. It's the only way to survive the slugs!

Agree with all the suggestions and would add don't just stop at dryopteris. Ferns come in all shapes and sizes. Also giant Himalayan cowslip, provided it is well watered makes a stunning show with beautiful, yellow, scented flowers.

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone. Some great ideas and insight as usual.
Looking forward to getting started now.
Here's a before picture to set the scene and get me motivated.



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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to seeing the after pictures! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sue.

These arnt quiet after pics but I've got some painting and tidying done so small steps

I also painted up some plastic pots to hopefully look alike concrete

I will have to go shopping tomorrow. Garden centre here I come



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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brighter already! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you might think of looking at the website of Shady Plants. They keep a great variety of well-grown suitable plants and are good with advice, too. I've bought a few from them in the past and I'm well pleased with them.
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Good guy i'll have a look now, would you have an address for that site, tried googling but I got a lot of sponsored sites
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Try www.shadyplants.net
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