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Climbers, bedding and other plants for shade

ShepsSheps West YorkshirePosts: 1,192

Good afternoon everyone,

My plan to plant Black eyed Susan, Rudbeckia, Nasturtiums, Salvia and Lobelia in my raised beds may have been scuppered due to shade.

As you can see in the pictures my beds are in shade for most of the day, I expected the sun to be much further over than it is at this time of year.

10am

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Then at 1pm but it was cloudy, if the sun was out it would be above the middle trellis and the beds would be in the shade of the fence.

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And then at about 3pm with the sun coming from the right and just hitting the front edge of the beds

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So with this in mind, what are my options for planting, which I had planned to do on Sunday.

The only plant I really know that will do OK in shade is the Hardy Geranium, which I will be planting.

I need climbers and plants like the above mentioned that will be OK in shade.

Thanks

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,459

    Hydrangea petiolaris; euonymus; honeysuckle and pyracantha are good for shade. I have hydrangea petiolaris on a North facing wall and Clematis Nelly Moser scrambles through it happily.

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  • ShepsSheps West YorkshirePosts: 1,192

    Thanks LB...I will take a look at the plants you have suggested, will a Hydrangea be OK in 7.5ph soil?

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,459

    The hydrangea would be perfectly happy in this soil. It is only minimally acid which will not affect the plant.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • ShepsSheps West YorkshirePosts: 1,192

    Thanks LB...image

    Any other suggestions would be most welcome, especially on plants to go with the Geraniums?

    Also, how will Lobelia do in a shaded spot?

    Thanks

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,459

    Lobelia might struggle in all day shade. In fact most annuals would find this area difficult. Some perennials that could cope would be campanulas (the sprawly ones), epimediums, and the non-climbing clematis integrifolia which will give you blue flowers and will be happy to scramble in your flower bed.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

    I think you would be better with a few different clematis on the fence. Many benefit from a bit of shade rather than full on sun anyway as they get bleached. Wouldn't use hydrangea personally. They get huge and never look right on a fence - better on a big wall. 

    Loads of perennials which would grow very well there. If you have a preference for colours, just say and you'll get loads of suggestions. image

    A mix of smaller shrubs and a few evergreens will give you all year round interest too - otherwise you're looking out at a very bare space through winter. It's also quite a small and geometric space, so repeat planting of a few well chosen items will always be successful. You can then infill with other shape and colour. 

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


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