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Summer-Autumn Colour

Looking for a colourful compact plant for a north facing, largely shaded ground border, next to wall? 
Would skimmia or helebores fit the bill? Any other ideas? 
Thank you 😊 


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,473
    I think Skimmia may fit the bill. Are you looking for a shrub or would perennials fit the bill as well ?
  • Hi @AnniD - either? 😊 did you have another idea? they didn’t seem to have skimmia at garden centre, maybe wrong time of year! Thank you 😊
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,872
    Pieris is fine in shady sites. There are various varieties - readily available normally. You can prune if they get a bit too big as well, but some are a bit smaller. 
    Potentillas will grow in that aspect. 

    Hellebores will certainly be fine, and there are lots of varieties. For other perennials, Japanese anemones are fine for this time of year for some height. Dicentras [they have a new name which I can't remember] and Lily of the Valley for spring. Native primulas and many bulbs will do well too. 

    Garden centres could be struggling in some areas with supplies, so you may just need to wait a little while.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • FireFire Posts: 18,983
    Herucha, begonia, geranium Patricia.
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