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What will grow in my woody area

At the end of the garden, we have a little wood area, it has 6 x 80ft scots pines, 2 oak trees, and a sycamore. This time of year is is lovely, with bluebells, primroses, a few daffs. 

Other than that, there are nettles, the weed I have just posted in another post, some dwarf bamboo.  I would like to see what other woodland flowers I could get to grow there, throughout the year, to make it a wildlife haven.  

I did have dreams of foxgloves, campanula and wild garlic, but not sure they will grow in the conditions there. The soil is incredibly dry, and due to the neighbours removing some leylandi hedges it now gets lots of light.  We have a short privet hedge which is currently growing back. 

Any ideas what I should try ?




 We were thinking that this area would be good for a tree house for the girls, but that wont be happening for a few years.

Thanks again for any help. x


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,367

    I think the foxgloves would do Ok


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,252

    Anemone nemorosa would grow there for Spring colour.

  • Wild garlic will grow very well as long as it is a little damp.... I have it in deep shade north facing woodland garden and it is spectacular...... Hellibores in dappled shade and dicentra..... And don't forget ferns. Some clematis will also do well scrambling up trees in woodland areas.....

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    thank you will look at these.  The ground is so dry though in some places, but I will move some of my young foxgloves and hope they take for starters.  

    How about later on in the year though for plants, a lot of those seem to be spring plants, or is this jus how woodlands are, spring plants and then too dark for other things to grow ?

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