West facing shrubs
Would like to plants some native shrubs against a West facing fence. Any suggestions?
Elder (Sambucus nigra ), or magnolia perhaps. Depending on the soil type, camellia as well.
Vendée, Western France
I used the RHS search facility to ask for native shrubs suitable for a west-facing position and it came up with field rose - rosa arvensis - described as a vigorous, thorny, rambling rose; rusculus arceatus - butcher's broom - with glossy, pointy, evergreen foliage and berries on female plants; hypericum - St John's Wort - a suckering thug with yellow flowers.
Assuming you want native because that would attract and benefit wildlife form insects t birds and small mammals, I'd stick with more interesting, attractive plants - forms of elder - sambucus - for different leaf colour and flowers; viburnums both evergreen and deciduous, hibiscus syriacus, mahonia (great for ealy bumble bees), pyracantha, sarcococca (another one for early flowers and perfume); eleagnus (fragrant flowers in autumn then red berries in winter) and so on. If your soil is suitable rhododendron, skimmia and pieris would be good too.
You'd need to look up each species to check their soil requirements suit your garden and then select appropriate forms and colour.
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