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I have just moved into my partners home. Needless to say the garden is in desperate need of a woman's touch. I love pot plants, and find it so much easier to handle. It is a very small garden, but I would like to consentrate on the front entrance. There is a large pot and in total shade, sheltered by walls on two sides north & east. I thought of the double begonias which grow so beautifully here with cordylines.  I would appreciate anyone's input.lyn


  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Begonias would be ideal Lyn.  Also any hostas love shade and can look quite spectacular in a pot.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,421

    There are some lovely ferns. They're good in shade

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Lyn CohenLyn Cohen Posts: 4

    Thanks a ton. I will look on the web for ferns, or do you have suggestions?

    what about the cordylines? No good

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,837

    Cordylines like sun Lyn so I wouldn't think they'd be very happy there. I'd second the Hostas - they can look very smart in a good big pot. Some of the yellow/green Heucheras will do well in that situation too.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    For a permanent display there are quite a few shrubs that would do in a pot in a shady spot - box, skimmia, euonymus, with a bit of nicely coloured ivy draping down.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Lyn CohenLyn Cohen Posts: 4

    Thank you all for your suggestions. This display would be permanent. We live on what is called the Highveld, no winter rainfall. The temperature in mid winter drops to about -2, and the days are glorious rising to + 12 to 14 degrees. I am so keen to get started I feel like a kid in a candy store. Regards Lyn

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    Sarcacocca ( seems to be my stock reply at the moment! ) 

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    In South Africa Lyn?

  • Lyn CohenLyn Cohen Posts: 4

    Yes, I am in Johannesburg

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