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By Bannako

Ramsgate, United Kingdom Gb

hello folks, i have a north facing front door, and i have 2 containers either side!
has anyone got any suggestions for some specimen plants that never get sunshine?
thanks for your help



Oh yes, certainly - Pieris forresti if you like new red leaves, or Pieris japonica varieties if you don't. If you pick a variegated one, they look even better. Evergreen, likes acid soil, good in shade, slow growing, check the height of any that you choose - some get very large, some are dwarfs. Alternatively, Sarcococca varieties are evergreen and have fragrant flowers early in the year - but they're not as interesting to look at, being plain green.

1 Apr, 2010


thanks, im off shopping

2 Apr, 2010


hi bamboo, thanks for advice! what compost would be better? and as i live in chalky area, do i water with tap water? or is there an additive i can put in the water for acid lovers? thanks

2 Apr, 2010


Buy ericaceous compost, water with rain water (collect it) if you can, otherwise give the plant a shot of sequestered iron tonic once or twice a year in spring and autumn (not this year though, if you use ericaceous compost).

2 Apr, 2010


thanks for your help, will get some pictures on this site later when have time!

2 Apr, 2010

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