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Morning, so we've just moved and discovering what the garden changes into is a delight.
But, we have this huge cobnut tree, which apart from moss,bluebells and a bit of holly, nothing grows. It's shady most of the day and can get quite boggy in the rain.
The whole area must be about 15 foot square,so a substantial plot.
Originally I had thought of a wildlife pond, but now realised just how dark and dank it can get, don't think it's ideal.
So now thinking of gravelly (drainage) few paving slabs, rocks and ground covering plants, in kind of a cottage garden / rockery style.
If you think this is a wise choice of space, please could you advise appropriate shade loving, bog suffering plants.
I think the sun does hit the area late in the day, if this helps.
Thanks so much for your help
Ps if I've posted in wrong place, please forgive the newbie!

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  • Posted: Fri. 22nd May 2015 04:36

Re: shady rockery /cottage garden design advice

Reply from Kathy C

HI, Smurfettes,
There is a great Advanced Search tool here on Shoot in which you can select criteria that matches your garden to get suitable plants.
Use the link I included above and once you are on the Advanced Search page, under the 'Type', select Bog plants and go under 'Choose Conditions'. Once you've clicked 'Choose Conditions', select 'Full Shade' or 'Partial Shade' under the 'Sun Exposure'. Then click the green 'Search' button and you will get a great list of plants to consider. You can even further narrow your search by mature height of plant which will eliminate any large trees that might come up in search results. I just tried it and a lot more choices come up if you search for partial shade choices.
On a side note, it sounds like your shade, damp site might be good for ferns?
Happy Searching!
Kathy C

  • Posted: Fri. 22nd May 2015 18:37

Re: shady rockery /cottage garden design advice

Reply from smurfettes

Hello, Thanks so much for reply, I hadn't thought of ferns....Weirdly we have several large ones growing in weird places, would be great to move them so we can actually see and appreciate them.
I will go discover the advanced search facility, thanks so much for the heads-up, typical newbie!

  • Posted: Sat. 23rd May 2015 06:19

Re: shady rockery /cottage garden design advice

Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

I did a garden recently with a stream and bog area. Lots of perennials, rodgersia, ligularia, primula Japonica, lobelia siphilitica, calla lily. Shrubs, the shrubby dogwoods and itea virginica, large shrub clethra barbinervis and clethra alnifolia, the royal fern and the sedge bowles gold. Hope that helps.

  • Posted: Thu. 28th January 2016 17:00