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  • Suggestions for a north facing wall trough.

    I can't decide what to plant in my north facing wall troughs.
    Last year I had begonias, earlier this Spring I had violas.
    Currently they are sat empty as I can't decide what to fill the with.
    I'd love to know what you'd pop in for the summer and beyond.
    Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds and a Giant Puffball!
    Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

    Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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    Peanut, Busy Lissie are a shade loving annual.
    As you said in your post, begonias, violas are good.
    some types of fuschia also do well in shade.
    My friend has Dianthus growing in north facing containers and they are doing really well.

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    • #3
      I have a north facing border. The usual hostas, heucera, astilbe and ferns do well. Climbing wise I have a mock orange, climbing hydranga, a couple of clematis which are getting established and a honeysuckle which seems to be doing ok but has taken a couple of years. I have a few budlea, acers, a pheasant bush and a spotted laurel. Bulbs like tulips do ok and depending on whether it is the sunnier end of the border daffs do ok. Perennial wise I have feverfew, geum, euphorbia, ragged robin, nepeta and a few dahlias.
      Last edited by annie8; 28-06-2022, 07:05 AM.

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      • #4
        Ferns would work, especially if you have some vertical extent. Lots of different ones, those liking drier conditions at the top and more moist conditions lower down.

        This is on our list to do for a North facing wall.
        Last edited by quanglewangle; 28-06-2022, 07:07 AM.
        I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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        • #5
          Thank you all for your replies, some great ideas there.
          Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds and a Giant Puffball!
          Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

          Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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          • #6
            Hostas?
            I visited a garden once which had loads of different types and it looked lovely.
            Maybe something evergreen and bulbs too.
            "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

            Location....Normandy France

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nicos View Post
              Maybe something evergreen ...
              Ivy just keep it in check other wise it will cover your house We've a 'nice' variagated one.

              Pansies and Viola's will like it there, Primroses and Polyanthus will be happy too.Hosta's, I'de go for the dwarf ones like Mouses ear , country mouse etc rathe than the bigger leafed ones. Heuchera's will go OK too and they come in lots of colours for a bit of height then some of the Grasses (Hakonechloa macra 'Nicolas' - got to be a good one if its called Nicholas ) only grows about 6"-9" tall
              ntg
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