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Plants for shady cottage front garden

imageI'm looking for something to fill in the gaps in this front garden.  Preferably pink flowers around half a metre tall.  It's fairly shady, but gets a little sun later in the afternoon.  Any suggestions welcome.


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    What gaps?  It looks very well stocked from here.  I'd plant foxglove. In the wild it grows in hedgerows so it won't mind the shade.  If you don't like the wild purple ones, there are other colours in the catalogues.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    Lythrum salicaria 'Robin' is a long flowering perennial bearing pink-spikes for a long period ; maybe a bit too tall (around 3' high) , but perhaps less in drier conditions .On the lower right of your picture , is that Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb' ? I have one of these , probably one of the slowest growing shrubs in the garden ; nice though .

  • The gaps are just behind the box edging; not too clear in the photo.  I've not heard of lythrum salicaria (unless it has a familiar common name) and will look this up.  Thanks for the suggestions.

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I'm very fond of geraniums. (I don't mean pelargoniums). They come in white or pinks or blue shades and various heights and many stay in leaf almost all the time and flower for months.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    Agree with Posy ; perennial geraniums could be a good choice .

    (Lythrum salicaria is Purple Loosestrife) .

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    How about Monarda 'Croftway Pink' , Bergamot. Can get quite tall.

  • thank you do you know of good long flowering geraniums 

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    The most trusted, reliable and trouble free pink geranium has to be Geranium Oxonianum 'Wargrave Pink'. In my opinion.

    On semi shaded areas, the leaves are more smaller and darker green and the flowers slightly deeper pink that can flower from May right through to October if cut back in mid-June. On a sunny border where soil is free draining, cut 3 times to flower the same length of time. But they tend to look neater in growth when there is shade. Grows to around 40-50cm depending on conditions.

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,411

    Geranium 'Ann Thompson' is a cracking hot pink long-flowerer. Geranium nodosum also goes on and on, a softer pink with a slight shimmer.

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,411

    Thalictrums might be nice if you can go a bit taller. 

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