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South facing shrub recommendations

What shrub would you plant on this corner, at the back of the border, at the front of my house against the wall. It's south facing so gets the sun for most of the day. The poor hydrangea has burnt and died! Ideally evergreen, or year round interest, flowers would be good. It's 3ft width, I'm in the UK.


  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 2,736
    There’s not a lot of space there for a shrub to grow to its full potential.  Being close to the wall means it will also be in a rain shadow and will be reliant on you for watering rather than the weather.  Potentilla may be an option for you, they have long flowering periods and a choice of bright flower colours.  Or a columnar ornamental grass like Calamagrostis Karl foerster or Panicum North Wind would provide interest in all seasons, only needing to be cut back to ground level in March. Alternatively, a Bay tree, grown as a column, cone or lollipop would provide evergreen interest.  
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.

  • sking5sking5 Posts: 25
    Thank you, I'll take a look at these options!
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,925
    Not necessarily evergreen as it depends on whereabouts you live in the UK, but a shrubby salvia would probably fit the bill. Something such as "Royal Bumble", but there are many other colours available and they are loved by bees. 
    If you could extend the bed outwards a bit, it would help the plants as there would be less of a rain shadow as @Plantminded says, but l appreciate that it might not be possible to do that. 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,399
    Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca 'Citrina'. Loves baking against a south wall, evergreen and flowers in winter! Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca 'Citrina'|bastard senna 'Citrina'/RHS Gardening
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,319
    Nandina Domestica is taller than wide, takes full sun, is evergreen, has panicles of small white flowers in summer and red berries in winter, plus the leaves takes on pretty red/purple tones in winter. It’s an easy-going ‘good doer’ with all year round interest, but as with most shrubs, it will need that whole corner to spread out and regular deep watering to do well. A small column-like conifer might work, but a bit dull, perhaps.

    Another possibility is attaching a trellis and growing a flowering climber there, like a clematis or a rose, but either would need good soil, planting at least a foot from the wall and some space all around it, plus regular tying in, feeding and watering. I can’t think of an evergreen one that would be well behaved enough for that spot, most would get too big.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
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