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ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,064

My favourite autumn plant fair is on this weekend - Aywiers at Lasne for anyone in Belgium - and I am intent on some top class HRT.

I'm looking for 2 or 3 shrubs to fill a 3m x 1.5m bed in full sun on all sides but shaded to the south by a 6' trellis covered in clematis in summer.   It's exposed to nasty east winds in winter but I will be putting up some windbreak fabric to reduce the impact.

They need to be hardy and not evergreen as they get killed in a very hard winter.  I already have several hydrangea pyracantha, hibiscus, several cornus, sambucus, weigelias, buddleia, philadelphus, deutzia, deciduous viburnum.

The soil is fertile loam over a clay subsoil and is alkaline.  Usual temp range is -15C to +34C but we can get much colder - enough to kill off evergreen viburnums, eleagnus, choisya, some conifers....

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,569

    Hi Obelixx!  image

    I grow Syringa protolaciniata 'Kabul', a beautiful ferny-leaved lilac, but it's very shy flowering for me.  Not enough sun, I guess.  It would like your alkaline soil, I think, and exposed position.

    I think Syringa x laciniata grows a bit bigger, but has similar leaves. 

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,064

    Thanks.  I have a bog standard lilac out the front that does well - surviving root stock of a white grafted one that failed - but hadn't thought of trying another fancy one.   

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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