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Alternative to a Fatsia, any suggestions?

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Flingingmelon Tue 02-Jun-15 12:49:46

I have a space in the corner of my garden where there is a gap in the hazel fence. I want to cover it with a big tall plant in a large pot. It gets partial sun there and my mum suggested a Fatsia. Problem is, I don't like the look of them. Can anyone suggest anything else? The garden is a fairly classic cottage garden.

ppeatfruit Tue 02-Jun-15 17:03:41

Maybe fennel the herb, not the vegetable. Or acanthus mollis , that's lovely and likes partial shade.

Liara Tue 02-Jun-15 20:04:06

what about a shrub like a hardy hibiscus, a camellia or a rhododendron?

ItsRainingInBaltimore Tue 02-Jun-15 20:06:54

Mahonia? Although if you don't like the look of Fatsia you probably won't like that either.

What other permanent planting is around it?

Bamboos are fast growing and good in pots, not classically cottage garden though.

Flingingmelon Tue 02-Jun-15 20:57:14

It would believing in its own as it's space we've just regained after taking down an old shed. That's why we have the funny space in the fence. I was planning on having the barbecue there as Ive a load of herbs in pots a couple of metres away. The fennel looks lovely and the camellia is gorgeous. Might get both as I've a similar gap in a different area of the garden.

Thank you smile

Flingingmelon Tue 02-Jun-15 20:57:29

Be living!

Methe Wed 03-Jun-15 21:01:10

Mahonia are the ugliest plants there are, well second only to the Monkey Puzzle tree. They always look so municipal.

What about a cornus?

I have a cornus albua elegantissima which I have left to turn in to a large shrub and it's very attractive. Normally dogwoods would be hard pruned for the winter foliage but you don't have to do that. They are deciduous though.

Flingingmelon Wed 03-Jun-15 21:36:36

They are very attractive and I have a few already. The previous owner seemed to love them. Something that sits along side them would be good?smile

Methe Wed 03-Jun-15 22:08:49

A lilac? Might be hard in a pot though. bamboo is a good call and does well in large pots.

biffchas Wed 03-Jun-15 22:11:40

just flicking through active conversations and thought for a moment that 'Fatsia' was being suggested as a baby name. Relieved to see it's not...

SwedeDreams Wed 03-Jun-15 22:12:07

Choyisa- Mexican orange blossom. Flowers, scent, evergreen and really easy?

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