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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: 4,167

    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: 4,167

    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 DevonPosts: 21,137

    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: 82,166

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

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • 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: 2,010

    camellia, osmanthus

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