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Shady Patio Corner - What to plant?

Beany1971Beany1971 Posts: 40
I have a shady corner on my patio, where I plan to add containers with Hostas and Ferns.  Can anyone advise me on varieties to plant that go well together.  

If it helps I live in the South East (Surrey)

Photos would be great to give inspiration.



  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    Heucheras and Astrantias should go well there. 
  • PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 624
    Here's my Polystichum polyblepharum in a 12 inch pot. The Polystichums are all lovely evergreen ferns.

    There's a hosta appreciation thread on here where real experts have lots of advice on hostas!
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,769
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,800
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Beany1971Beany1971 Posts: 40
    @Dovefromabove once again thankyou. 
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,757
    In our shady corners we have ferns and other shade lovers.

    Cyrtomium fortuneii, Dryopteris linearis polydactyla, Lysimachia numularia, Hydrangea petiolaris, Dryopteris Wallichania, Dryopteris Erythrosora

    Athyrium Lady in Red, Carex oshimensis Everillo, Filpendula Red Umbrellas, Actaea Chocaholic

  • Beany1971Beany1971 Posts: 40
    @KeenOnGreen Thankyou if you don’t mind me asking what is the middle trailing plant in your top photo. Thanks 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,065
    That's the Lysimachia nummularia ('Aurea'?)
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,757
    @Beany1971  Lysimachia is very invasive, so be mindful of this.  It can easily be pulled out, but you have to make sure you get all of the tiniest bits out, otherwise they will grow.  It can be grown in full sun, but does better in shady, moist soil.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,852
    I use the shady corner of my north facing terrace to put houseplants outside for summer hols.  There's a ficus benjamina, a ficus elastica, a Christmas cactus and a caladium enjoying plenty of light and fresh air and a bit of rain but no direct sun. 

    Along the house wall I have tall pots with trailing fuchsias and a Japanese maple and lower pots of hostas and at the ends which get some sun either early morning or late afternoon I have a big tub with a rose and window box of chives, parsley and basil on a stand so they're handy for the kitchen. 
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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