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By Lockie

Surrey, United Kingdom Gb

Needs to survive under trees, near coast and give all year round greenery and/or colour, mustn't grow too high.



Sounds like a job for Mahonia aquifolium, assuming its pretty shady under those trees. Gets about 3/4 feet max, evergreen, yellow mimosa like flowers in late winter or early spring, often followed by blue/black berries.

Ruscus is another one that will grow there, but I don't think its as attractive. Aucuba japonica (spotted laurel) will too, but that gets 6-8 feet high.

5 Oct, 2009


Take a look at Symphytum 'Goldsmith', aka S. 'Jubilee', or Symphytum x uplandicum 'Variegatum'. Both have lovely variegated leaves, and pretty flowers - they flower in the spring and possibly again later. They grow to 2' maybe?

You have to keep an eye on them, though, as they can spread.

5 Oct, 2009


If you want ground cover, Pachysandra is good under trees in shade. It's low growing and there is a varigated form.

5 Oct, 2009


Oooh Gee19, that was going to be my suggestion! ;-)

Pleioblastus bamboo's (a few types) are good usually reaching a max of 3ft though a hard prune back in spring keeps them lower still.

Sasaella ramosa, the same but green only and admittedly a little more thuggish regarding spreading.

Carex hostiana 'Ice Dance' (often mislabelled as the species C. morowii) is good for shade and has broad strappy leaves with a yellowish white border on each edge. Creeps around a bit but very underrated evergreen groundcover.

5 Oct, 2009


Not under rated by me, Fractal! I have several, now - I split them and they 'took' easily. I love this grass!

Ooops! I have it labelled as 'C. morrowii'....

5 Oct, 2009

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