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By Janey

Lincolnshire, England Eng

I wonder if someone can suggest a couple of shrubs, with summer or winter interest that would tolerate dry poor soil, and the heat of a south facing wall. They also need to cope with the possibility of very low winter temperatures. I've tried a few this last few years, but still they've died.



I grow Euonymus 'emerald and gold' in a dry area in fulll sun and Euonymus 'silver queen up against a wall' in full sun and dry again. I grow quite a few others but I think these 2 might tick all your boxes and have all year round interest.

7 Oct, 2012


Thanks Drc, I'd forgotten about Euonymus, I have Emerald gaiety, and a green and gold one, I do want to grow them as shrubs though as the wall itself is covered in green and yellow ivy, and two clems.....think I'll check them out on google....:)

7 Oct, 2012


Potentilla fructicosa might do for summer interest - but not the red one as it fades in strong sun.

7 Oct, 2012


I think Berberis is quite tough. You get spring flowers and autumn berries on them.

8 Oct, 2012


Cytisus battanderii (Pineapple scented Broom) would thrive in this situation. Plant Nerines at the base for stunning autumn flowers too.

8 Oct, 2012


Thanks guys......Yes Stera, that's a good one to have, thinking about it, Mum has one that's been a real stunner all summer, definitely ticked....:))
I like Berberis Hywel, but maybe not the right spot where I need it...good choice though for the other side of my garden..:))
They sound like a great combo Volunteer, I'm making a note of the pineapple broom, also I think ordinary brooms would do well at the back.....thanks very much..:))

11 Oct, 2012

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