Mine is on a north facing wall, surrounded by paving slabs with only about 40 cms of earth visible all round, in a place that is surrounded by high shrubs and trees. The only rain it gets is runoff from the slabs. It has grown about 30 cms this year so far. Lovely glossy evergreen leaves. Couldn't be happier.
I have hydrangea petiolaris growing in a north facing position and it is doing well. It takes a while for it to cling to the wall itself so a bit of trellis stuck into your pot would help it on its way.It is in full flower at the moment. I purchased a second plant last year (for school garden) from Homebase at the end of summer - good sized plant in pot with trellis attached. It is now happily growing away in a shady spot on the school wall. Great bargain...knocked down from £25 to £4 because it was losing its leaves...which it does naturally, I love a good bargain!
Should also mention although it is deciduous, you are left with a rich brown tracery of stems in the winter after yellow autumn foliage. I think it is a great plant. Keep it fed and it will look after itself. I'll see if I can post a pic. for you.
Thanks for the advice so far, could I maybe combine the 2 so that I get an evergreen coverage as well as differing flowering seasons, or would one choke the other one out?
I could even plant Ivy, with Hydrangeas breaking it up, so that I get a blast of flowers between an evergreen covering which will provide interest all year round? I'm aware of the vigorous nature of Ivy.
I'm just starting to find my feet gardening. Our previous house was awash with decking and grass, so we tended to restrict planting to pots of which there was an abundance however, we struggled to get perennials the following year. I'm trying to be a bit more measured and research the varieties which will grow best in the garden and in which spot. This looks a decent forum to discuss ideas, so I'll put up my plans soon for what I aim to do to the garden.
Less is more, I think.
I think Nut mentioned that she has an evergreen climbing hydrangea
Gloire de Marengo and Sulphur Heart are two variegated ivies which will lighten a dark area without being too rampant.
Hydrangeas welcome some shade chicken chaser. There are lots of perennials and shrubs which will grow well in containers and raised beds in shade, so if you want to have a variety there are lots of choices. Hardy geraniums will tolerate trickier sites and give you a long flowering season
Just planted this spring.
Mine in flower in the shade against my garage wall.
Just planted this spring. Mine in flower in the shade against my garage wall.