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Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

We have the neighbours conifer hedge at the bottom of the garden. The border is about 2ft deep and 10ft wide. This year I had a monarda, lupin, dahlia. Heaucra, hellbore in. But they all pulled badly to the light.

any ideas fir something that can cope without pulling so much the hedge is probably 10ft tall. 



  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Cyclamen Hederifolium should so well under there as will Dryopteris Ferns image

  • Are the ferns ok with dogs and are they tender or hardy??

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    The ferns are completely hardy. They die back in Winter and re-emmerge in spring

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    and should be ok with dogs. Never known ferns to be harmful to animals! image

  • Never had a fern before but quite fancy trying it. Do they grow large??

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I've never grown them either so I have no idea how large they get :P

    I'm sure someone else will come along that knows better than I do :P

  • I have been eying up the cyclamen on GW last week and this. I'm v jelous. Liked the look of pulminaria or however you spell it! 

  • Think my problem is that I have picked on flowering times to spread interest and because my garden is so small I have treated it all the same. This year I have noticed it has 3 zones ( it's only 30ftx30ft if that! And a 2ft ish boarder on all sides. Will find a picture....


    the conifer boarder is shaded more and plants pull. To the right is a sunny and dryer boarder as garden is built up higher and is backed by concrete gravel board. Then other side on left is sunny but holds more moisture.


    next year I'm planning what to do. I'm going to lift my dahlias to over winter then have a think.


    i have some large allium to put in but unsure which side yet. The sunny side will take most of what I have but the dry sunny and shade is making me wonder.


    astilbe- which side??

  • Picture one hope you can see my beds...



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