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dangermousiedangermousie Posts: 349
Hi all, 
I have a space in front of my house that I hope you can help me to fill. I had viburnum there but it was completely destroy by vib. beetle. I wanted a camellia but I don't have acidic soil. A winter flowering evergreen is the dream. The conditions are:
North-West facing, full to part shade (about 3hrs in summer, full shade in winter), loam, moist well drained, 2m x 2m, H4, evergreen, soil is shallow but I would be willing to go deeper or do a raised bed. The spot isn't completely sheltered, but there are trees and houses all around. Ideally, it would not look out of place in a woodland, as there is woodland across the road. 
Looking forward to seeing your ideas! Thanks


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,315
    Sarcococca - a winter flowering evergreen with a beautiful scent, followed by berries.
    There are many varieties to choose from

    Billericay - Essex

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,882
    edited June 2022
    Camellias don't need acidic soil - they just do best in soil that isn't too alkaline. Neutral is fine. Rhodos and azaleas are the same. Pieris would be fine too, in that soil. :)

    Ilex [holly] would fit well, although not winter flowering. Plenty of good interest though. 
    Osmanthus burkwoodii would also be good. Small, creamy flowers in late winter/early spring.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,667
    Agree with @Pete.8 fabulous plant and the fragrance in the winter is outstanding. It can be pruned back and kept under control. Great choice.
  • dangermousiedangermousie Posts: 349
    Thanks all! Sarococca and osm. burk. both look like good candidates!  :) Good to know that about Camellia @Fairygirl, as I already have a small one in a pot. 
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