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Plant for a shady wall?

The back of our house faces North and the back wall is shaded pretty much all day, mid summer it may get 1-2 hours sun a day as the house shades it.

Is there a plant we can get that will grow in tubs and maybe to 6' tall or so but only 2' wide - each side of the patio doors is a brick column 2' wide and that side of the small garden badly needs brightening up, even better if it had some scent to it as well :)

Must be ok in something like a 18" to 22" tub as the floor is block-paved all over, I can add trellis if needed.

Any ideas?


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,645
    I have a David Austin rose the pilgrim growing on a north facing wall here.  It is very upright in form and can be pruned and trained to grow on a pillar or obelisk so i imagine it would be fine on a narrow trellis. 

    You'd need the biggest pot you can get in the space and good loam based compost such as John Innes no 3 mixed with about 25% MPC for moisture retention.  You'll need to put it on pot feet to allow drainage; especially in winter, and keep it regularly fed and watered as composts only have nutrients for 90 days max.   
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