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Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

So people, what are your top 3? I'm looking to obtain 3-5 to plant in more 'wild' areas of the garden. The majority of spots only get 1-3 hours of morning summer sun. Ideally would like them to flower for at least 4-6 weeks (wargrave pink in a sunnier spot has set precedent). 

Second question, does anyone have any experience with 'Dragon's Heart' shade grower or buying from ? I believe someone recommended it on here.

Cheers folks


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 7,945

    Hi Mark

    My absolute top favourite is 'Rozanne' for length of flowering and reliability.  In a very shady corner I grow G.phaeum 'Album' which lights it up; and I hate myself for liking G.psilostemon, which is shocking magenta, not a colour I can accommodate in my small garden but great in the right place.  It's a bit big and floppy though.

    I guess you'll get loads of different suggestions...  image 

    No experience of those suppliers, I'm afraid.

    "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
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,756

    I love G. psilostemon too.  I have a lovely shade lover, G. nodosum Svelte Lilac.  The flowers really stand out in a dark corner.  I bought all of my Geraniums from Plantsmans Preference.  They have a great selection, and are reasonably priced.

    Svelte Lilac


    Susie White


  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Yes, Long Acer Plants for Shade are excellent. Quality plants usually delivered within 48 hours. I emailed a query one evening and received the answer at 7.30 am the next morning. Service!!

    SW Scotland
  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Wonderful suggestions everyone image giving me plenty of ideas for the gaps. I was also looking at Tiarella for shade. Ahh yes Lirio, I brought it last year and have it out the front, it flowered it's socks off for ages and picked up where wargrave pink left off. I think this year will be an even better show with the roots more established, seems a slightly slower grower than the previous

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  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Mark -re tiarella.....I find that the flowers flop in deep shade but are upright elsewhere.   I don't know if this is usual.  Can anyone enlighten me?

    SW Scotland
  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Ahh okay, thank you for the heads up Joyce - I will re-plan it into a slightly lighter site, I think only 1 of 5 spots will constitute as proper 'shade'  because it's beneath a small beech canopy image meaning I'll have to re-vitalise the soil prior to planting

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