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What grows in dark/dry areas?

Hi,

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. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5_vK1yaxLQ0ZTBOVjZFQXhEX0k/edit?usp=sharing

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?

Thanks

Louis

 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491

    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  http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=2142 and although it can grow quite large, growing it in a container would restrict its growth. 

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  • 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 PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

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

  • 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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