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Perennials for west facing light shade

B3B3 Posts: 25,161

Can anyone suggest some perennials for west facing light shade but gets sun for a few hours - more in the summer?

It's heavy clay which I will be improving a bit with compost.

I don't really like ground cover plants as such and would prefer individual plants and clumps. The bed is about six foot deep; length is flexible. Climbers have been planted or are already there so I need the medium and lower height stuff.

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In London. Keen but lazy.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,163

    Hi B3. Miniature Rhododendrons, Astilbes, Soldanella for at the front of the border/bed. Tiarellas, Hostas, Zantedeschia, Japanese Painted Fern, Snowdrops, native Primulas and Primula florindae types.

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  • B3B3 Posts: 25,161

    A great list. Thanks. Can't grow rhododendrons so assume it's not acid. Already moved some astilbes there and they seem ok. Will take the list to the GC after the bank holiday. I've cleared a load of old shrubs and it's great to be able to plant what I like rather than filling in the gaps. 

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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