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Front door plant, north facing wall.

tomcr1981tomcr1981 Posts: 42
edited June 2021 in Plants
Hi everyone,

I have a gold crest by my front door that isn’t doing too well without direct sunlight. ( I have a bay window which also blocks the sunlight)

can anyone recommend a nice plant ? For most of the year it will not get any direct sunlight, but it’s a bright space.

I like evergreen plants

thanks

tom

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  • ElferElfer Posts: 329
    Taxus baccata fastigiata or the Aurea variety are happy in shade and have a slow upright growth so should be fine for a few years there.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    In the ground or a pot? What size of space? 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,502
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    Ah - I see @Dovefromabove:)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,676
    Astelia.  Silver Spear is particularly nice, and does well in full shade.  It doesn’t need a lot of watering and is quite slow growing.  


  • tomcr1981tomcr1981 Posts: 42
    Thanks so much guys, going to do my best to save the goldcrest but will look into your recommendations 🤗 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,502
    I'd go for a blue holly pyramid ... something like this 

    https://www.yougarden.com/item-p-510712/ilex-holly-pyramid  

    but don't be misled by the blurb; although it's described as almost 'maintenance free' it'll still need  planting in suitable compost which should be top-dressed every spring by scraping off as much of the top compost as possible, replacing it with fresh of the same type, some Fish,Blood & Bone fertiliser, and of course ... regular watering.   :)
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    Astelias aren't hardy everywhere though, so it'll depend where the OP is.
    The Japanese azaleas are fine in pots, but again, vigilance is needed re watering, and using the correct soil medium. Slow growing, so would be fine for a while.
    You could try Osmanthus too. There are various types. I grow  O. burkwoodii in a raised bed and it just ticks along with little attention. Small creamy white flowers in late winter/spring. It can be shaped a bit too, if you prefer a more formal look. 
    You could even have one of the smaller leaved Hebes. Although they prefer a sunnier site, especially for flowering, many will grow perfectly happily in that aspect. Vernicosa and Buxifolia certainly will. 
    Your pot isn't very big though, so at some stage in the future, you'll need a bigger one, or you could replace the plant for something smaller and repeat the process.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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