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What grows in dark/dry areas?


Here's a picture of my house on a bright and sunny day. The front of our house doesn't get the sun until about 5pm and along the front of the house was a disabled access ramp that we've built a small wall and filled with stones so there's no soil either.

I've tried a few different pot plants but havn't had much success.

Ideally I'm looking for a few plants that are happy in pots, with limited day light and ideally quite colourful? What should I go for?





  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,049

    The majority of brightly coloured flowering plants also need bright sunshine, so I think I'd consider going for plants with variegated foliage.  There are lots of variegated hostas that would be happy growing in pots just there - however they die right back in the winter.  

    Acuba Golden King  is an evergreen and would be happy there and although it can grow quite large, growing it in a container would restrict its growth. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Hosta, pulmonaria, tiarella, bergenia's, shrubs, skimmia's, mahonia, sarcocca, will all tolerate that sort of position. If your'e potting a shrub make sure it's in a large pot. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    The greens and whites look good in shade.  Bright colours don't look their best

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for your advice I really appreciate it. image

    Louis image

  • Fuchsia do well in shade

  • Astilbes, all colours.

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