Shaded Garden Recommendations?

14 Jan 2005
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Hi All ,
I'm looking to plant up my north facing front garden,in particular against a fence which sees very little direct sun. I've tried online to establish what plants would flourish in the shade, however I would prefer actual recommends from experience.
I'm looking for something tall to mask the fence and a bit of colour in front as bedding plants.
Any thoughts?
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I can recommend hostas, ferns, brunnera, ivy, euonymous fortuneii, mahonia, alchemilla molis, anemone blanda, cyclamen, snowdrops, vinca. Not all varieties may be suitable; check.

The RHS page at is worth a look (follow the links).
They say some camelias are shade-loving, which would be lovely - at least for the short period that they flower. Also maybe some rhododendrons/azaleas and a few climbing roses.
To mask a shady fence evergreen honeysuckle is a good option, Lonicera japonica halliana.

Variageted bamboo perhaps.

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