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Dry, shady area advice

laarobbinslaarobbins Posts: 50


I have an area of my garden sheltered by two or three small trees which has very poor, dry soil in semi to full shade.

Currently have a shrub which seems to be a michaelmas daisy or something similar - I don't like it, but not sure what to replace it that will thrive in such a poor area!?!

Any ideas welcome!!  My local garden centre is not particularly well stocked but has all the basics...

Thanks, Lou


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,986

    Anything's better than a michaelmas daisy.

    Some of the hardy geraniums, G macrorrhizum, G nodosum and G, phaeum would do OK.

    Woodruff is a lovely native woodland ground cover. 


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,244

    Ferns particularly Dryopteris do well in dry shade, some grasses eg Bowles golden grass, Hachonechloa, some Euphorbia eg. Euphorbia amygdaloides Purpurea, Aquilegia, Tellima and Lamium to name but a few.

    Shade is not to be feared, there are many wonderful plants to be grown.

    I would attempt to improve the soil a bit first 

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • laarobbinslaarobbins Posts: 50

    Thanks for the advice!


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