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dry shaded border


well it was bugging me ,my area under the trees that just seemed to grow weeds, spill soil onto the paved area by the pond and was just dragging the whole garden down.. So this weekend I installed 3 sleepers to hold back the soil and then did some planting…
After researching plants that would survive under the tough dry shade conditions…So bergenias, some ferns, ajuga. alchemillia, heucheras, hardy geraniums,pulmonaria,sarcoccia, viburnium davidii are amongst the plants that will end up in this border
So bought 10 bargain bergenias for £2 each from my fab garden center under the clearance section, also 5 Ferns and then moved the alchemillas and the heucheras from other boarders. I still need to move some other plants from other boarders but may leave that till the autumn.. Hopefully it will fill out over time, can’t really afford to buy more plants .. but will put some bulbs in and the odd one or two new plants over the next few months..

then there are some pictures of the garden as it is today…

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Well done! It will definitely fill in nicely for you in no time.

31 May, 2012


there are some wonderfu plants for dry shade. Have you thought of Hellebores, Tellima grandiflora, solomons seal, and epimediums. They all do well for me as well as the ones you have mentioned.

31 May, 2012


I've found aquilegias will tolerate these conditions if you move them as small seedlings.

31 May, 2012


That was a good idea to put the sleepers. It looks good now :o)

31 May, 2012


Thanks everyone for your kind comments its by no means finished but its
Seaburngirl, I'll keep those plans in mind, in fact I have a hellebore in another area thats not done that well so I may move it..
Andrewr I was wonder about aquilegias as I have so many that have self seeded all over the garden.. They would look lovely with some foxgloves..
I must say after feeling somewhat depressed bythis area for a few years I'm a bit more inspired.. I plan on putting some more soil improver down and maybe some bark . And now I have a definitely area in mind when I go plant shopping rather than buying what I fancy and trying to shoehorn into my other already full to bursting borders.

1 Jun, 2012


Looking good! I've got a similar area, have added this to favourites for when the time comes to tackle shady corner :)

15 Jun, 2012


Thanks Magnadoodle , I admit I avoided this area since we moved in, it was only my oh commenting on it that spurred me on.. Now I've started i'm really enjoying itand not as hard to find pants to grow there as I thought it would be. I'm also falling a bit in love with heucheras in the process.

16 Jun, 2012


Have you tried Cyclamen Coum in this border Madabout. I have some very well established in a very dry little border under a hazel and a laburnum. They increase themselves a lot over time and have lovely marbled leaves that last a long time after flowering.

20 Jun, 2012


That's for the suggestion dorjac , I'll look out for some of them. The marbled leaves will most probably shine out too..

24 Jun, 2012

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