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North facing garden

Post by Launaguet » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:44 am

Any suggestions for evergreen flowering shrubs for a north facing garden which gets limited sun.
Ideally up to around 1.5m max height.
All ideas welcome!

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Re: North facing garden

Post by Nifty » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:09 am

Privet, Christmas Box.

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Post by Noisette » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:34 am

Do you have an idea whether the soil is acid or alkaline, Launaguet? Is it clay, sand, loam?
+1 for Sarcoccoca hookeriana digyna (a bit taller and much more floriferous than the S. humilis sold as Christmas Box).
Aucuba (can be pruned to size)
Eleagnus ebbingeii " "
Euonymous japonicus or fortunei
Daphne odora or laureola

If the soil is on the acid side, or you're happy to add lots of compost and peat, and give the occasional ericaceous feed, the following would do well:
Camellia
Pieris
Rhododendron
Azalea
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Re: North facing garden

Post by Launaguet » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:36 pm

Thanks for your advice Noisette, you obviously know your plants, I know nothing about them.
Basically I have an apartment with a fairly small north facing garden on a 6 year old residence. I would like the shrubs for a 6m x 0.5m bed that I have created at the end of the garden.
On the other side of the fence there are existing shrubs in the communal area about 3m high and a very tall cypress tree. They all seem to flourish despite the very dry summer here.
No idea about soil type so perhaps need to get a soil testing kit.
Anyway, thanks for your time.

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Re: North facing garden

Post by Noisette » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:45 am

Hmmm..sounds like a bit of a challenge, especially if the cypress tree roots have made their way into your space. If the soil's damp now, take a handful and squeeze it tightly together. If it stays in a ball, it's clay, if it falls apart, it's sandy or loam. Good idea re. the soil test. It would certainly help you decide on which plants to go for and how to care for them.
Just a tip....whatever you plant, if it's pot-grown, soak the rootball really thoroughly before planting, and make sure it's kept damp until you see signs of new, vigorous growth. Same for any dry periods in spring and all through next summer! The biggest cause of losses is the compost of the rootball drying out before the roots have got out into the soil. Once dry, it's almost impossible to re-dampen.
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Re: North facing garden

Post by DominicBest » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:22 pm

In my garden the hydrangeas thrive in the north facing parts.

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Re: North facing garden

Post by wilbro » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:14 pm

Our Camellia absolutely loves our north facing wall.

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Re: North facing garden

Post by Launaguet » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:03 pm

Thanks to everyone for the kind advice!
Much appreciated.

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