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Shady Woodland Container Garden - Ideas Please

I have a little Christmas money to put towards a container garden down the side of our semi - between the house and the fence. As it's so shady I was thinking a woodland theme - hellebores and ferns. Any other plant recommendations, particularly for things that flower? Ideally those good for pollinators. Thanks!
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,454
    Alchemilla mollis, native foxgloves, aquilegia, convallaria majalis are thé first ones that some to mind. 
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,454
    Dogs tooth violet = erythronium 
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,454
    Ooh and cyclamen hederafolium ...
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,454
    edited December 2018
    Native primroses too if it’s not too shady
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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
    Can you give us a photo of the area in question?
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  • Heucheras for leaves and flowers, insects like them, but keep a look out for vine weevils!
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,481
    Some of the hardy geraniums grow well in shade, have flowers and so do hostas.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • yorkshireroseyorkshirerose North YorkshirePosts: 574
    Fragrant Sarcococca, Ericaceous-loving plants, e.g. Camellia, Dwarf Rhododendron, Leucothoe, Pieris.
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  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 886
    Hi @bookmonster,

    Have a look at epimediums .... lots od different ones and all lovely.
     
    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287
    Chiastophyllum oppositifolium is a nice little alpine type succulent with rosettes of leaves that spread and make a nice evergreen ground cover with stems of dangling yellow flowers that bees like. And the flowers are scented.
    It grows in shade but depends how shady your area is. I find it does better if not overhung with other plants, the stems lean a bit but still flowers.

     
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