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adamadamantadamadamant Posts: 202

I would appreciate some advice please.  We have a balcony over our front door with new railings and I want to put a couple of pots up there as it looks a bit sparse.   It is north facing, and gets no direct sunlight until mid to late afternoon, and then just a small amount, but it is a bright spot as there is nothing other than the body of the house to stop the light.  We used to have a clematis montana over it but that has now been taken out - it did fine there, although being north facing it didnt romp quite as rampantly as it might have done.   We live in a fairly formal style Edwardian house.  Most people hereabouts put box topiary out, which does have the right sort of look for the house, but my neighbour with the adjoining balcony has done just this and I do feel rather as though I would by copying her if I did the same!  I was thinking of something like hebe which has a good rounded shape, but does anyone else have any bright ideas.  I definitely need the sleek look rather than anything 'cottagey'.  Thanks 

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,444

    Hi adamadamant. How about a collection of ferns. The Japanese painted fern - Athyrium niponicum - is a beautiful plant and there are many other ferns with different leaf shapes that would suit your conditions.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,444

    ....... and it would really fox the slugs!

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  • adamadamantadamadamant Posts: 202

    Wouldnt it just!  Lovely ideas, both.  I have had in mind to buy Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' for a while now, only wondering where to put it and now I know!  And I'll pair it with hostas.  Thank you all 

  • adamadamantadamadamant Posts: 202

    oh, thanks, any special number?   I've never quite got the handle on the different formulations. 

  • adamadamantadamadamant Posts: 202

    All bought and planted up, thank you Ladybird and Verdun.  Will let you know how I get on with them

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