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Tall plant for shady spot suggestions please!

pokhimpokhim Posts: 210

Hi there, 

I have a corner of my garden nxt to a wall and shed that doesn't get much (if any) sun. I want to grow c.2 - 2.5m tall with lovely foliage, can be any seasonal interest, something of a talking point in my garden. 

I would prefer it to be hardy, as i dont want it to die on me!! 

I live in east London - so the soil is clay but i can add to it and enrich if needs be..

I have thought about ferns and acers.... Anything else that may look good there?.. 

Thanks so much for your kind expertise.


  • Clay soil's good, enriching it not as important as incorporating organic fibrous and composted matter to help break it up thereby improving drainage and water retention in summer.  Acer will do well there if it's a sheltered spot, as will a camellia if it's west or north-west facing (i.e. protected from the morning sun in winter).  Fatsia japonica is a striking beast, and the variegated form is very attractive, too.  Certain species and cultivars of those three will all reach the desired height. 


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,133

    I'd agree with Verd on this - Acteas (Cimcifugas) are very architectural. The dark foliage ones rather than the plain green. Candles of scented flowers, and more height than width. Coupled with foxgloves - you can't go wrong  image

    I'll second Fatsia too - perfect for that location. Glossy foliage - and it does have flowers, although they're not terribly oustanding. 

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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