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Pretty plant for a very shady bed

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DesolateWaist Mon 18-Jul-16 18:33:05

Nothing I ever plant in this bed grows.
It either gets eaten by all the slugs or just turns up its toes and dies.
Today I've realised that it is because it never gets any direct light.

Any suggestions? I want something with flowers in an ideal world that would grow to about a foot high.
My garden is, in essence, a woodland so anything woodland like really.

Thank you.

itstheYbirdstop Mon 18-Jul-16 18:34:04

Have you tried a hydrangea? They are pretty good in the shade. Hot lips aren't bad either.

DesolateWaist Mon 18-Jul-16 18:36:43

I've already got a couple of hydrangea in the garden.

TweenageAngst Mon 18-Jul-16 18:36:43

Acanthus do well in shade. Bit taller though and evergreen as well as long flowering

DesolateWaist Mon 18-Jul-16 18:37:36

Oh they look perfect Tween, thank you.

timtam23 Mon 18-Jul-16 19:48:05

Dicentra (bleeding heart plant) is a woodland plant & very pretty, can't remember the exact name of the variety which is smaller & with more fern-like leaves but that one is especially delicate & gorgeous. It does die back after flowering though so you have a few months of nothing there.
Lady's mantle is very pretty in spring, rain droplets sitting on the leaves are especially nice, but it's a bit of a slug trap. A hardy fuchsia might manage, they are shade loving.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Mon 18-Jul-16 19:55:33

Periwinkle does well in quite deep shade and provides good ground cover. It comes in lots of varieties - pink, white and blue/lilac.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Mon 18-Jul-16 20:00:45

Acanthus a 'bit taller' than a foot? They're fucking triffids! grin

Does it get more light in the spring before the leaves come on the trees? Our front garden is like that and we've planted loads of daffs, snowdrops and bluebells.

DesolateWaist Mon 18-Jul-16 20:10:16

It does get some light in the spring, but not much.
It's a south facing bed but there are so many trees it doesn't stand a chance.
I'll see if I have a picture.

I don't mind it being taller. The only thing is that the bed is between two lawns so it is nice to see over it.

DesolateWaist Mon 18-Jul-16 20:11:20

It's this bed. The problem is at the front.

DesolateWaist Mon 18-Jul-16 20:12:56

And here is is in the spring.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Mon 18-Jul-16 20:43:48

It looks lovely, I was expecting much worse! You could go for an acanthus at the back against the fence and something low growing at the front. Periwinkle would fill the space quickly but you might find it takes over a bit.

JT05 Mon 18-Jul-16 20:47:53

Cranesbill geranium do well in shade.

DesolateWaist Mon 18-Jul-16 21:02:59

Ah, the fence is actually further away than it looks. The lawn that the fence is alongside is about 5foot lower than the top lawn.

fiorentina Mon 18-Jul-16 21:33:52

How about Hellebores?

funnyperson Mon 18-Jul-16 22:51:39

Do take a look at plantsforshade
Spring and Autumn bulbs are good but not a foot high
Hostas ferns acanthus alchimella Mollis Spring to mind
Solomon's seal
Primula in spring
Some grasses
As monty says less is more so choose a few plants and repeat

ChishandFips33 Tue 19-Jul-16 17:46:32

I have Jacobs ladder and Marguerite in my west facing shady border (I'm a complete novice but they've been there all this year and are thriving, phew!)
The tallest marguerite were from Aldi and have a woody stem - very pretty

I also have Pieris in there and some grassy type plant that comes out in an orange feathery flower - seeds like a bugger but again, colourful

ChishandFips33 Tue 19-Jul-16 17:48:06

Crocosmia is the orange one!

DesolateWaist Tue 19-Jul-16 17:51:00

The PlantsForShade nursery is very near where I will be over the summer. I might have to drop in.

gingeroots Fri 22-Jul-16 20:08:32

My acanthus grows but always has terribly ravaged leaves ,slugs I expect .
So if that worries you ,you might want to avoid .

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