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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 9,947

    Sorry should have been  Symphytium.Like most men I cant do two things at once, am trying to cook and type. Potentially very dangerous.

    Southern trees bear a strange fruit
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
  • Thanks for all those replies.I obviously can't spell... should have been affinis, not aphenis.

    The area is open,about two metres by three and almost 2m (height)clearance but gets almost no sun because of the yew canopy, and the proximity of the (2m close-boarded) school fence.The yew and the beech are only 1.5 m apart, so the yew canopy "wraps round" the beech trunk, and the higher beech canopy covers the yew

    Looks like I'll be putting in some muck, (thanks punkdoc), then shopping to see what my local nurseries have got on my new list.I think ferns will be my first choices, but some of the other suggestions sound interesting.

  • "The area is open,about two metres by three and almost 2m (height)clearance but gets almost no sun because of the yew canopy, and the proximity of the (2m close-boarded) school fence"

     

    Ok, I was thinking out of the box and a hardy Agave. Agave americana medio picta alba would actually do OK in a dry spot. It is hardy to -10C and  does not require full sun.

  • Check out www.plantsforshade.co.uk

    They have a section just on ferns and other plants suitable for dry shade.

     

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