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What to plant in full sun

I want to create some sort of screen between the dining are and the garden. This spot gets sun most of the day. I was thinking about planting tree ferns and the other plants around to create eventually impact and interest with different heights and textures. Not sure if if this would be suitable or not and not sure what to plant that will achieve this and survive the full sun? 


  • Sorry to say but my tree ferns needed a dappled shady area to thrive. The roots are mostly in the stem I’m told, so keeping them growing well would be difficult in full sun. Valerie 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,131
    Tree ferns don't like full sun. You would do better to plant a selection of flowering shrubs and maybe a small tree such as a crab apple or an amalanchier.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Damp, humid conditions are best for tree ferns, rather than just sitting in full sun. Not how they would grow naturally, so they would be unlikely to thrive. 
    Plenty of other trees/shrubs will suit, but everything will need well watered until established, especially if they're being planted at this time of year.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Angel's Trumpet, Agave, Bamboo, Banana, Canna, Lantana, shasta daisy, coreopsis, purple coneflower, blanket flower, butterfly weed and lavender etc. are some of the plants that you grow in full sun.
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,299
    What is the soil like?
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • The soil is clay-ish and anything seems to grow least before we put the lawn as it was a jungle. 
    I am not an expert but I think that is the type of soil.
  • I would like to achieve some height without being to compacted hence I was going away from hedge like plants. 
  • This image here shows kind of the look I am going for…. It is screening without being too busy and it has different heights. I know these plants are well stablished and I don’t like the spikes of the reds used here . I would like something softer and not that tall.?
  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,268
    Try potted bamboo You can plant them in the ground but they are very invasive , pop up all over the place . I understand that there is a type of bamboo now that is not so invasive but I don’t know what it is called. Bamboo grows quite tall and sounds lovely when a breeze blows through it.
  • Thank you. I think it could be the Fargesia Rufa. So will this grow ok in both full sun? 
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