big garden

My boss has a very large garden which is 40 foot long and 8 foot wide going down to 2 foot wide.

It is semi shade with the sun in the afternoon and he wants it planting up with evergreen flowering shrubs.

He has asked if I would help him out.

He said money no problem and he only has rhododendrons in which grow very well.

Need a list of good evergreen flowering shrubs / plants.

Any advice would be great.

I do have some ideas.


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    If the rhododendrons grow well, might that indicate that the soil is on the acid side? I'm wondering if some of the Heathers (I won't say which as I always get it wrongimage) camellias, ceonothus and cotoneaster, choisia, there is a winter flowering honeysuckle which I think retains it's leaves. Hope this gets you somewhereimage

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Oh, and there are some roses which are semi-evergreen; any good rose seller will tell you which, I use

  • dannyboy10dannyboy10 Posts: 127

    Thank you

    Had these on my list.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,072

    Do you mean metres, 8ft wide is very narrow for large shrubs.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • I was wondering that!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,755

    Or do the measurements relate to a bed/border that needs planting up?

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • dannyboy10dannyboy10 Posts: 127


    I size of the garden is in metres.

    But this is only one part of his garden

    He also has smaller beds to plant up.

  • Skimmia?


  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 1,974

    camellia, osmanthus

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