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stephenprudence
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specific needs

Post by stephenprudence » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:55 pm

Right my dad agreed that the empty border in the back garden needs filling, however only with small plants, that don't take up much room.

So, I'm thinking along these lines.. I have already got a Helleborus foetidus, and Helleborus orientalis.

specifications are:

- Evergreen
- Small in stature
- tolerant of moderate to deep shade
- Hardy to about -10 to -15C.
- No Bamboo or grasses.
- Can have flowers, or no flowers.

If it is too difficult to find, I suppose herbaceous perennials are acceptable, but would prefer evergreens.
Heswall, Wirral, UK
USDA equivalent average temperature zone: 9a/RHS zone 3
AHS Heat Zone: 1
Last 5 winter minimums:
2007: -0.1C, 2008: -4.2C, 2009: -5.7C, 2010: -10.5 (record), 2011: -4.9C, 2012: -5.3, 2013: -4.5C (so far)


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Re: specific needs

Post by RozDevon » Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:34 pm

I have the following in a semi shady bed :-

Small rhododendron.
Pieris
Euphorbias - especially a silver leaved one, can't remember the name.
Acers.
Golden short grass, hachenocloa I think its called.
Skimmia - lovely berries and flower head.
Ferns.
Hostas
Fatshedera - variegated.
Azaleas. Evergreen small ones. Deciduous larger ones.
Various bulbs for seasonal interest.


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Re: specific needs

Post by kata » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:29 pm

A small Acer is Japanese maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Garnet')
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Re: specific needs

Post by stephenprudence » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:55 pm

too Big (way too big) Kate lol, he meant small plants.. small perennial types.
Heswall, Wirral, UK
USDA equivalent average temperature zone: 9a/RHS zone 3
AHS Heat Zone: 1
Last 5 winter minimums:
2007: -0.1C, 2008: -4.2C, 2009: -5.7C, 2010: -10.5 (record), 2011: -4.9C, 2012: -5.3, 2013: -4.5C (so far)


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Re: specific needs

Post by jcec1 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:00 pm

A bed of different coloured Heucheras.


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Re: specific needs

Post by flounder » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:12 pm

Euphorbia, euonymus, buxus, danae, saxifraga, pieris, heuchera........
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Re: specific needs

Post by GREVILLE » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:37 pm

I'd include a mix of Euonymus fortunei (Emerald 'n' gold and/or emerald gaiety) with Omphalodes cappadocica and Saxifraga umbrosa underplanted with cyclamen neapolitanum. All hardy in sun or shade and pass for exotica.


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Re: specific needs

Post by Conifers » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:47 pm

Ruscus aculeatus (or others in the same genus)


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Re: specific needs

Post by fern Rob » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:52 pm

Why do they have to be small plants?
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Re: specific needs

Post by Mr List » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:32 pm

mahonia soft caress


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Re: specific needs

Post by stephenprudence » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:35 pm

They have to be small, because the border is small :wink:

Also it's the coldest parts of the garden, and gets the most severe frost, hence why I'm not trying more exotic stuff, because it simply would not survive. So hardy but exotic looking is the best way for this.

Some good ideas here though.
Heswall, Wirral, UK
USDA equivalent average temperature zone: 9a/RHS zone 3
AHS Heat Zone: 1
Last 5 winter minimums:
2007: -0.1C, 2008: -4.2C, 2009: -5.7C, 2010: -10.5 (record), 2011: -4.9C, 2012: -5.3, 2013: -4.5C (so far)


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Re: specific needs

Post by Dim » Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:38 am

jcec1 wrote:A bed of different coloured Heucheras.
SNAP ... one of my favourite plants (especially when you plant the bright reds with the bright yellows)

Electra:

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Re: specific needs

Post by miketropic » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:19 am

An Acuba could be kept short with trimming..takes -10c easy and provides a bit of color as well as evergreen
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Re: specific needs

Post by pdid » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:38 am

Farfugium and Spotty dotty? Both die back somewhat but Spring into life early.

Also consider astelia, agapanthus, phormium, hemerocallis and viburnum.


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Re: specific needs

Post by David York » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:40 am

How about Sarcococca? If it needs to be small, then choose S. hookeriana var. humilis.

It's an evergreen shrub with dark glossy foliage, and not only that, it also has very fragrant flowers too!

Sarcococcas are really handsome looking plants, and they are extremely hardy!
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