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North East facing border - perennial ideas

I recently moved house from a courtyard garden to a massive overgrown plot. I have a couple of North East facing borders (along a fence and front of house) I'd like to plant up with perennials.
Any suggestions please...?

I like prairie style - verbenas, etc. But understand that verbenas need full sun? Both borders get morning sun, is this sufficient? 

Many thanks in advance! :) 


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,156
    I think you are going to have to concentrate on semi- shade loving plants but that can include things like fuchsias which don't like to be in blazing sunshine all day and a lot of grasses will tolerate shade. If it's grasses you are after then this site could be of help as you can select for shade to find the best plants.

  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,308
    edited May 2019
    I like Ceres site I spend way too long looking sometimes.

    What kind of soil do you have?

    A nice plant that is easy is Astrantia, it comes in various shades from white through pinks and some deep red, claret colours.
    Some Verbascums don't mind partial shade.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,033
    These plants should be OK. Thalictrum, Japanese anemones, Euphorbia Robbiae, Astrantia, Campanula Pyramidalis, Liriope, Foxgloves.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,983
    There's a nursery just round the corner from me that also specialises in plants for shade -
    I'll have a similar border to plant up soon, and like Busy Lizzie's suggestion of thalictrum and Japanese anemones and some grasses
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • yorkshireroseyorkshirerose Posts: 574
    For early in the year add Hellebores, Doronicum, Epimedium, Erythronium, Pulmonaria, Geranium 'Phaeum' to name just a few. Also add some early Spring bulbs - snowdrops, aconites, white narcissus ( many varieties available in verying sizes N. Thalia is brilliant in shade)
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • Thanks for your suggestions everyone. I'll get googling and checking out these websites.

    @Rubytoo I'm not too sure what soil we have but it looks very loamy. 
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,308
    Your soil sounds nice then. I just mentioned it in case it made a difference to what people suggest you plant.
    There is a link somewhere in a post that someone found, it is a map of the country to give you an idea of underlying soil , like acid or clay base etc.

    Or you could get a little testing kit. Though if your garden already has a lot of plants in, it will give you an idea of what to grow anyway. What does well there will give you a clue...don't say just brambles :D

    I am rubbish at searching here hope someone will notice or you can find it.

    Here in this post is a link Pete8 posted.

  • Thanks! The link says clay / loam in my area in Cambridgeshire. 

    We currently have three fig trees and various rose bushes growing well.  Also vast amounts of rhubarb and brambles - lots of brambles!! Not forgetting too many nettles and docks! :neutral: 

    I went out today and bought some foxgloves and campanula. Going to look for astrantia this weekend, just to start me off.  I've got some grasses which I brought with me from the old courtyard garden so will divide and plant up. 

    Many thanks for your suggestions, I think I'll get a testing kit.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,501
    If your soil is slightly acidic, some acers will do well.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Nana PatNana Pat Posts: 26
    I also have a northeast facing border comprising three raised beds - with a high fence behind it so it gets only a little morning sun in the spring/summer/autumn and none in the winter! These plants have all been fine: astrantia Roma and Ruby Wedding, purple heucheras, hellebore Niger, painted-lady ferns, snakeshead fritillary bulbs, lily-of-the-valley, campanula portenschlagiana, saxifrage fortunei (for late colour), Comtesse de Bouchard clematis and a small-flowered clematis (of unknown variety as it was given to me) - both climbing up the fence. I also have three small (half-standard?) bay trees which are trimmed into lollipop shapes, for some evergreen interest and height. I tried Liriope which I planted when in glorious flower but they didn't flower again for the next two years even though the leaves looked lush, so I donated them to a community garden to see if they like it better there. The whole border is only about 10' long so I can't afford space for plants that don't perform. I have limited the colour palette to white, purple and pink too, due to my garden being tiny (7m x 5m) so I've no suggestions for other flower colours!
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