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I'm after some ideas please.
I am after a tallish plant for semi shade that has a 6ft fence behind it. It gets evening sun only. I already have aconites, digitalis and a range of clematis. Summer /autumn flowering for preference.
any suggestions you may offer will be gratefully received
Thanks.




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Not sure if you're after perennials or a shrub, but have a look at Nandina . . . lovely evergreen with leaves that change to bronze/red shades throughout the year (one type grows to 6ft, the other only 3ft). Perfectly happy in sun or shade!

31 Mar, 2015

 

How about Chaenomeles or Garrya elliptica.

31 Mar, 2015

 

Eupatorium/Ageratina chocolate grows quite tall, possibly more of a foliage plant but with small white flowers late summer. :)

31 Mar, 2015

 

Solidago, Golden Rod I always call it, late summer/autumn flowering, sometimes invasive but not in my garden ( as of yet) butterflies and bees love it...

31 Mar, 2015

 

Cynara cardunculus

31 Mar, 2015

 

Acers are lovely, but need an acid soil.

1 Apr, 2015

 

Should have made the question clearer [oh how often we comment on poorly asked questions and I am guilty as ever!]

Perennial /herbaceous for preference as there are already shrubs in the border.
I am pulling Solidago out by the bucket full. it has gone mad in the borders so you are lucky lincslass.

Chaenomeles is already in further down, in fact I have 2 in that area Volunteer.

Nandina looks lovely but the RHS book says it is frost tender and as this is the coldest windiest bit of the garden I 'm not sure it will be happy. Where are you located ? Sheliabub

Cynara always look stunning Botanic but I thought they needed full sun to be anything like decent.

The Eupatorium is a possibility, I have E cannabinum in another part of the garden. Another one would be nice.
Thanks for the suggestions.

1 Apr, 2015

 

I was trying to think of something to contrast with foxgloves and aconites - what about acanthus - big and spiky! I've seen it growing in some gloomy corners.
I agree with pulling out solidago - the smell makes me feel sick.

1 Apr, 2015

 

Oh dear, lol, mines been in approx 4/5 yrs and has hardly grown, I'm lucky if I get 3/4 blooms a year, I will leave it where it is then as I had considered moving it....

1 Apr, 2015

 

should alo have said I am on chalk so I don't want to have to go tending it too much. I 'm tempted to get a Rhodo for a pot as it do like them Diane.
Lincslass would you like some of mine? its an old variety and every section flowers without fail every year. If yes send me a pm.

Acanthus argh! I'm trying to get rid of it from another area of the garden. it is too thuggish sadly as I do like it. same with the older taller Jap anemones that's is creeping nicely/nastily [?] through a border too :o)

1 Apr, 2015

 

How about Thilactrum? And Verbascum?

1 Apr, 2015

 

I meant Thalictrum ...will take more water with it next time

1 Apr, 2015

 

How about Aruncus (goats beard) I split some last year and moved into the wood it's doing really well, or telekia it needs moisture or it whilts but mine grows under trees, I think I might have seed in my box ;-)

1 Apr, 2015

 

Oh I'd forgotten Thalictrums I have a double but there are some other nice ones.

1 Apr, 2015

 

Flavum Glaucum is a lovely one if you'd like seed pm me.

1 Apr, 2015

 

I'm located in North Herts Seaburn - and amazed to hear that Nandina is "frost tender". Never had any trouble with mine, but I can see you might want to be cautious.

1 Apr, 2015

 

I have 2 Nandina Richmond and they have survived in my west mids garden, they did look dodgy the year after I planted them ( the 2011/12 winter) and did have to trim a few dead branches/leaves off but they pulled through and have been fine, I have one south facing fairly sheltered by fence and one west facing which does get a bit more winds, but noticed you said its the coldest part of garden so yes might be risky :)

1 Apr, 2015

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