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I have a good sized space between an variegated elaeagnus and a rather large escallonia. It is in a bed bordered by a conifer hedge and there are large trees nearby (almost overhanging in summer). I would like to plant something with some height - perhaps a poplar cherry or a laburnum, but I fear these might not like such a shady position. It tends to be a bit dark here, so I would like something colourful. Any ideas would be welcome.

shady planting (22/07/2010)

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  • Posted: Thu. 22nd July 2010 10:44

Re: shady planting

Reply from Gardens by Mike Palmer

How big is the space here exactly?

If you're looking for height, some of the Japanese Acers might fit the bill. There are some beautiful dark plum red or yellow/green foliaged varieties. Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen' is a good variety.

Mike Palmer
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  • Posted: Sat. 24th July 2010 16:25

Re: shady planting

Reply from Sue Osmaston

Thanks for this suggestion. I do love acers - and here in Windermere they would do very well. The space is about 5ft wide by 3ft deep, but I could always cut back the escallonia and/or the elaeagnus and make it bigger. I'd love a colourful acer, but wonder if it might make that corner even darker.

  • Posted: Sat. 24th July 2010 21:08

Re: shady planting

Reply from Jacky White

It seems the forum for Acer Palmatum may have some answers to our Acer problem. I was given one as a birthday pres. in July, in a terracotta pot. We put it by a water feature, in full sun (when it comes). The leaves have scorched and some have fallen. Also it is not wind protected. Should we leave it in its pot? Obviously we will relocate it to a shady protected area

  • Posted: Thu. 23rd September 2010 17:04

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Reply from Sue Osmaston

In the shady space I have now planted Acer negundo 'Flamingo', which is a small variegated bush and it seems very happy so far. You are right that Acer Palmatum does not like full sun and can also get damaged by wind. They are quite slow growing, but in a pot I think they may need some extra root protection in the winter. I did lose one Japanese Maple which was in a pot, but the replacement has withstood very low temperatures (even minus 15C) in the ground.

  • Posted: Mon. 27th September 2010 11:30