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Shady solutions

Message from Laura Thomas

In forum: New member

Hi

I sympathise as shade is my ongoing challenge for small city garden.

My advice is put plants in containers and see how well they grow before doing any planting in beds. Your slate chipping area will certainly show any container planting off to good advantage.

I would not advise a rockery as these are designed for sun loving plants e.g. alpines which normally grow in this kind of environment. Can't quite visualize your slope but you could try terracing it (and thus achieving raised beds too) http://www.pghgardenservices.co.uk/terracing.html Raised beds are a good idea for shade so plants are closer to the light!

You say you have a central path with beds either side - you could do something different and split the path left & right with a central bed or featured urn/container e.g.
http://www.suzienicholsdesign.co.uk/small_front_garden_2.asp

Make particular use of variegated & architechural plants as the green contrasts will brighten up shady area (see example pic). Green is a wonderful colour, especially combined with white or cream flowers

Plants for shade include hostas, ferns, ivy, hydrangeas, some fuschias, - depends on whether its moist or dry shade
http://www.plantsforshade.co.uk/acatalog/Plants_for_Specific_Locations.html

More & more people are using their front gardens for vegetable growing. Shade tolerant leafy vegetables include lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, arugula, endive and radiccio. Broccoli (and its relatives -- kale, kohlrabi, turnips, mustard and cabbage -- also grow in partial shade.

Finally do include plants for wildlife - anything with berries for birds, single flowers for bees & water/bird bath
http://www.plantswithpurpose.co.uk/Wildlife%20gardens.htm

Hope this has helped

  • Posted: Mon. 9th June 2008 00:32