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tested bulbs for dry shade please

coccinellacoccinella LuxembourgPosts: 226
Hello. Can you recommend a bulb that you have in your own garden that thrives in dry shade/semishade? 

I have a small patch of about 3 square metres shaded by a very happy big holly tree. There is also what looks like a ground cover eleagnus with gold edges. Another plant that is happy there is ivy and this year I have some self seeded box which is already about 30cm high. 

Except for the box I would want to keep the others. Would cyclamen coum cope with acidic soil? 

I suspect the soil tends towards acidic. Thank you guys.

When down go out and buy a packet of seeds


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,166
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,573
    Cyclamen hederifolium in this garden.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,527
    Cyclamen hederifolium in this garden too. Also Iris foetidissima (which is much nicer than it sounds)
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 2,037
    @coccinella I am concerned about my Snowdrops this year. They can die during August if ground dries out. I think Cyclamen hederifolium is the only corm that will cope. Just coming into flower here. Not to be confused with the houseplant that is arriving in garden centres now. Cyclamen plants are tubers. Other tubers that you might want to consider are Dicentras and Wood anemones.
  • I have a similar bed and just this year discovered Epimedium grows as nice ground cover under there.The cyclamen are good but vanish in summer. 
  • coccinellacoccinella LuxembourgPosts: 226
    edited 9 August

    @coccinella I am concerned about my Snowdrops this year. I am not surprised.

    I too am worried about the fritillaria meleagris. Only time will tell.

    I am also considering Japanese Anemones. What do do you think?

    When down go out and buy a packet of seeds
  • coccinellacoccinella LuxembourgPosts: 226
    This is said sad patch. I only want to go up to the end of the wall of the stair landing. It is dry there, no sun in winter but sheltered. Yew drinks it all I am afraid! 

    When down go out and buy a packet of seeds
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