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shaded area plants


By Andre

United Kingdom Gb

what flowering plants would you recommend for a small bed that gets light only at the end of the day,and is somewhat dry.the area in question also seems to be prone to slug/snail problems



Perennial geraniums would do well there . They are tough and dont mind poor conditions. They flower in spring and early summer mostly and also many spread quickly too. I would try one of the Geranium Macrrorihzum group.

23 Feb, 2009


If you like ferns, try the Hart's tongue - Asplenium scolopendrium - it's very sculptural and evergreen and quite tough - as are Bergenias and any would do well. For flowers you could go for Ajuga reptans 'Catlins GIant' - also v. nice purple foliage plus Liriope muscari and Cyclamen coum.

Also, try adding lots of organic matter to the bed as it will help the area retain more water.

23 Feb, 2009


Get rid of your snails/slugs as a matter of urgency or you will never succeed. If you are organic then put beer traps down or buy some ducks. If you are not organic then get some slug bait and start using it soon plus beer traps.


23 Feb, 2009


EPIMEDIUM is also a good plant for dry shade

23 Feb, 2009


There are lots that will thrive. in addition to the above try advice & plants try Chelone oblique [turtle head], pulmonaria, lots of blue/white/pink to choose from. I also grow telima grandiflora, heucherella, brunnera [perenial forgetme not, Jack frost is a variegated form, penstemons will also tolerate shade. any of the anemone japonica's but they get thuggish, golden rod. all of the above only get sun in the late afternoon in my garden. at this time of year the hellibores do well as do many bulbs. for late autumn height i have a 5-6ft rudbekia herbstone. exotic lily martagon will enjoy the shady parts as do tiger lilies.
hope this gives you some inspiration.

23 Feb, 2009


sarraceniac. you can be Organic AND use slug pellets. they do ferric phosphate slug pellets for organic gardners.

4 Apr, 2009

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