Are there any? All greenfingered people out there please pass on any recommendations of what to look for. I have a garden overshadowed by a huge oak, it is beautiful, but shades everything and drains nutrients from the soil. What do I have a hope of growing? I need some colour if poss.
I have the same issue- we have a section of the garden which is overshadowed by a tree and nothing flourishes there at all. i was thinking of going to the garden centre and choosing plants suitable for a rockery, as I figure they are generally hardy?
I have no idea if either of these fit all you requirement but they are both thriving in my somewhat shady, somewhat neglected garden but I planted a climbing jasmine and a honeysuckle. Both were intended to cover up the ugly fence at the back. The jasmine is a beast now, has at least quadrupled it's size since last year and is covered in little white flowers, very pretty. The honeysuckle has been less aggressive with its growth but is still doing very well.
I've also planted a couple of clematis which are doing very nicely with little or no help from me other than occasional watering. Passion flowers are similar too, I think.