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Can anyone suggest some pretty shrubs for a full sun dry spot. Thank you.


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 20,027
    How exposed are you to strong winds and deep frosts and is the soil acid, alkaline or neutral?   These will all have a bearing on what can grow there.

    Do you want flowers, foliage or stem interest?  Perfume, Pollinator friendly?
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  • Thanks Obelixx This is Yorkshire and although we get strong winds it is reasonably protected. Better go out and buy a test kit!  flowers and foliage would be good. I am constantly clearing the site so have decided to dig everything out put down weed suppressant plant shrubs and cover with an appropriate stone.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,480
    Soil test kits are notoriously unreliable or difficult to interpret.
    To get a general idea of your local soil conditions there's a DEFRA website that will tell you.
    Just go the the Search tab and enter your postcode.
    A photo of the area you're going to plant up would also help if possible.
    Then let us know and be prepared to get lots of suggestions :)
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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thank you Pete.8
  • Hebes are a nice easy option that will grow in most conditions. Evergreen and they have lots of pretty flowers. The bees loved our hebes last summer! 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 3,738
    If you can give them a protected wall, Abelia Grandiflora make a nice glossy backdrop when not in flower. Caryopteris Clandonensis will thrive if you have free draining soil. Almost like a herbaceous perennial, they need to be cut down every spring, for fresh new growth to form and in late summer masses of blue flowers cover the shrub for a long period. Romneya Coulteri also thrives in similar conditions.  Massive poppy like flowers fill the shrub in the summer.
  • Thank you borderline. W
  • Thanks The.Fernery had thought of that one. Early days as want to get this right. Hebes are lovely.
  • Phsyocarpus make lovely shrubs.  There are lots of great colours, and some lovely blossom in Spring.  We used to have Diabolo, which is chocolate brown in colour.  If you want a more dwarf variety in the same colour, Little Devil is wonderful.  They can take hard pruning too.
  • Thank you KeenOnGreen, I will investigate. The list is growing!
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