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North facing front garden:planting ideas

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Crosbybeach Sat 29-Aug-15 17:33:55


A man is coming to dig out our forest of a front garden on Monday. It's north facing and only really gets sun on summer mornings.

There's a hydrangea that we are going to keep and that does well. Any other ideas for shrubs that will earn their keep but be low maintenance as, while I like gardening, I also have an allotment and lovely back garden that takes up all my available gardening time!

timtam23 Sat 29-Aug-15 18:55:22

A hardy fuchsia? Just needs a good prune each year. My neighbours have a lovely purple/crimson one which is completely neglected & every year it is spectacular (I took some cuttings a few months ago!)

JustWantToBeDorisAgain Sat 29-Aug-15 19:11:11

I second the fuchsia, I also have a fantastic clematis that is suitable for North facing areas, I've got peonies that do well, and I have plenty if bulbs in fir the spring.

Crosbybeach Sat 29-Aug-15 19:59:27

Great ideas ta. Fuchsias do really well where I am, maritime North west. And lots of bulbs is a great thought too.

addictedtosugar Sat 29-Aug-15 20:05:48

My hebe and some periwinkles are doing OK. Hebe not flowering, but looking very green. Otherwise, place marking!

pinkfrocks Sun 30-Aug-15 11:05:13

Hardy geraniums- choose from pink, purple, white- great for ground cover.
Bulbs- crocus, daffs and some tulips might work- they do in my north facing garden because they get a bit of east and west sun for some of the day.

Low plants- heuchera, Solomons Seal, lily of the valley, forget me knots,

Roses- there are some that work north facing- see David Austin.

Crosbybeach Sun 30-Aug-15 11:22:44

Geraniums, fab idea, I didn't know how well they'd do in north facing, also I have some Solomon seal that needs dividing, great. Tulips I've tried and there's not quit enough sun..daffs manage though.

pinkfrocks Sun 30-Aug-15 11:33:46

Monty Don did a piece on dry shade 2 weeks ago on Gardeners World- worth a watch on iPlayer.

Crosbybeach Sun 30-Aug-15 11:36:27

Great, I'll take a look.

Nonnainglese Sun 30-Aug-15 11:46:45

My back garden is N/NW facing too. I grow loads of things like primulas, roses, clematis up the fences and into shrubs, Jacob's Ladder (?polemium), polyanthus love shade, sarcococcus (smells divine), hostas, lupins.
Some tend to become a bit leggy so I Chelsea chop them.
Personally I think most things will grow but probably not as vigorously as they would in full sun. So long as it's reasonably light then you shouldn't have problems. I have areas that are dry, others which are much damper.

Ferguson Sun 30-Aug-15 23:10:41

OP - I THINK 'pinkfrocks' by hardy geraniums, means cranesbill geraniums, and NOT Pelargoniums, which might be what you had in mind?

TreeSparrow Sun 30-Aug-15 23:11:50

Japanese Anemone. Flowers this time of year and is prolific in all conditions.

Crosbybeach Mon 31-Aug-15 08:36:40

Hi Ferguson, yep I know hardy geraniums. Not a big fan of the other ones, they smell a bit wrong to me somehow...

Japanese anyone sounds fab. And Chelsea chopping is a great idea. Looking forward to bare earth so I can get some manure and soil improver down to help things a bit.

TreeSparrow Mon 31-Aug-15 14:08:15

Also, jasmine will grow like a weed once established. Easy to propagate from cuttings in wet compost if you find any.

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