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Path alongside house

I have a long border that runs alongside the house. It is approx 2m wide and 6m long (very approximately!). I suspect the soil is not deep (maybe 0.5m) as it is in a raised bed (currently it is covered in concrete). It has a wall running along it and is some of it is under a huge yew tree. It is mostly in shade. 
It has been a dumping ground and overgrown area for years but I am keen to sort it out, it doesn't need to be pretty as it is not used much but I'd prefer to plant it, maybe to provide food and shelter for the birds. Ivy and weeds have grown well there so far!
I am hoping for advice on what I can plant there, a lot of leaves fall on it during the autumn which is among the reasons I don't want to put gravel or slate. Ideally it would be something evergreen (I like variegated), slow growing, low maintenance that I can prune once a year and not think much about the rest of the time. 
Somebody suggested periwinkle but I'd like a little bit of height but not too much - would euonymus survive? It grows well on the front garden. Alchemilla also grows like a weed in my gardens and this would be ok there too though it is not slightly during the winter.


  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Vinca Major Variegata is upright and gets up to 50cm. Happy in deep shade. Evergreen. "Sub-shrub".

  • Sounds perfect , thank you
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,161
    Euonymus would probably be good. There are some lovely variegated kinds and I find they are slowish but easy to grow. I wouldn't put them right under the yew, but some shade is good. I don't prune mine except for the odd stray branch. I just paid £15 for the green/gold one but it was a good size 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Thanks for that, I love euonymus I have quite a bit of it in the front. In a perfect world, I’d take some cuttings
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,407
    Pachysandra terminalis,evergreen, or Epimediums which are very nearly evergreen, or Cornus canadensis which isn't, but still looks good. Also checkout Lamiums, there are some good varieties and they make good ground cover
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