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Re: Need help with shade planting under trees, please.

Message from Linsey Evans

In forum: Garden design

Daphne odora aureomarginata is a great shrub for shade, it won't get too huge and has fabulous scent in winter. Same goes for Skimmia japonica (I love 'Fragrant Cloud'). Osmanthus heterophyllus Goshiki will grow in shade, it can get quite big but you can keep it pruned.

For the edges you can't beat Epimediums they are semi-evergreen (I cut the leaves off mine around February so you can see their amazing tiny fragrant flowers coming through). They love dry shade. Brunnera 'Jack Frost' is also a brilliant edging plant for shade. Also, Hellebores. As Ena said there are some amazing ferns - I particluarly love Dryopteris Erythrosora and Polystichum Setiferum - both are semi-evergreen. Ajuga makes a great ground cover and edging plant.

Hope this helps.

  • Posted: Sun. 22nd January 2012 17:25

This plant is featured at Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Polystichum setiferum

Polystichum setiferum (Soft shield fern) has been used in The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council for Chelsea Flower Show 2009.

  • Posted: Sun. 17th May 2009 12:16

Evergreens for jungle/tropical garden

Message from David Sewell

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Karen,
I smiled when I saw this question. One of the main reasons people love 'junglely tropical' gardens is that the plants are big and bold rather than 'not taking up much room' but obviously space is at a real premium in your garden.
There are the usual suspects like tree ferns (Dicksonia Antarctica) Cordylines, Fatsia japonica and Yuccas which can be used for the main accent plant in a scheme.
Smaller plants might included various hardy ferns - I think Polystichum setiferum 'Divislobum' is a beauty, Dryopteris felis-mas (Hardy male fern) Matteuccia struthiopteris (shuttlecock fern) and varieties of asplenium (which are smaller.) From my travels in rain forests in south America and Asia ferns are present in every conceivable shape and size so I'd definitely want a few of them in the garden.
The smaller bamboos in pots might be useful - Sasa veitchii has the right feel to it but needs to be contained otherwise it'll run everywhere. Shibataea kumasasa is also a lovely exotic looking thing which is easier to manage. Instead of bamboo you could try the Miscanthus grasses which aren't evergreen but sometimes it's nice to have some sort of seasonal change in the landscape. Miscanthus saccharaflorus is a brilliant grass that gets up to 12ft tall but doesn't take up too much space laterally (please excuse the spelling here - they may be slightly wrong - I'm trying not to waste time looking them up!)
For ground cover plants with a slightly rain-foresty feel about them (not necessarily evergreen though) you could try Epimediums, saxifraga fortunei, smilacina racemose (grows to 2-3ft but looks fab), tiarellas, Iris foetidissima, ….the list goes on!
Hopefully this will get you thinking..
All best,

David Sewell NCH, NDH

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 11:02

Finishing off extension

Message from David Sewell

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Claire,
The photo is really useful here.
I might be tempted to first cut a line across the concrete parallel with the house to give you another foot or so of border (Plants struggle for water if they're right against the house) then I'd get a local 'chap' to dig out the border to 18” if possible and bring in some good topsoil. This is worth it otherwise you'll be forever struggling to grow stuff in there.
On an east facing wall that doesn't get much sun I'd try Hydrangea petiolaris which is a lovely climbing hydrangea that looks lush in the summer and the stems are a lovely warm brown in the winter. You could also try Cotoneaster horizontalis as a low wall shrub and to give evergreen structure to the planting. It's an old favourite but for a very good reason - it handles difficult locations well.
In the border you could go for contrasting foliage plants - ferns like Dryopteris felis mas or polystichum setiferum combined with our native Iris foetidissima and a big bold hosta like Francis Williams. For flowers look up Hydrangeas, Brunnera macrophylla, Geranium macrorrhizum,, Alchemilla mollis, Dicentra eximia (a brilliant colourful perennial) .
Shade-loving plants tend to flower in the spring - this is because their natural habitat is usually deciduous woodland and once the leaves are on the trees the amount of light they have is limited so they need to get their breeding cycle out of the way as early as possible. So don't worry about too much emphasis on a big 'blast' of spring flowers. As long as you have the structure in their (with the ferns etc) then the planting will look good for most of the year.
Finally I'd then mulch the border with approx 40-mm of pea shingle. Check out the Stonemarket catalogue for a variety of decorative aggregates but don't be tempted to get anything too bright. All best,

David Sewell NCH, NDH

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 10:40