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shade plants for a rockery under a holly tree

Postby daxtell71 » Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:15 pm

Hi everyone

I have had a Rockery built by some friends but it needs shade plants any ideas as I have none.

Thanks, Deb
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Re: shade plants for a rockery under a holly tree

Postby Johnboy » Thu Apr 21, 2022 10:55 am

Daxtell71,
The word rockery and shade do not usually come in the same sentence but if you could give us more information I am sure somebody will be able to help you.
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Re: shade plants for a rockery under a holly tree

Postby Lyn » Sun Apr 24, 2022 7:01 pm

Hi Daxtell71,
I have ended up with a small, dry shady rockery in one corner of the garden (it has become shady since next door's trees have grown taller). I have put some heucheras at the back of it and also some cyclamen. Bellis also seem to thrive. Each year it gets over-run with dog violets growing wild, but as their green leaves look quite nice I leave most of them. Maybe violas would like it there, as they are in the same family and are low growing?
Hope this helps a bit.
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Re: shade plants for a rockery under a holly tree

Postby Primrose » Mon Apr 25, 2022 8:15 pm

Sounds a bit of a problem area because as Johnboy says, rockeries are normally built for sun loving plants which enjoy the heat and the dry conditions. Cyclamen should work and possibly miniature ferns but generally these like moist conditions.
I have a holly tree and find that cuckoo pint with its variegated green leaves with cream veins seems to grow happily under it.

I also have a clump of rhubarb successfully growing nearby in almost total shade but i,m,sure that is probably not a plant you had in mind? Lilly of the valley grow in a dark dry corner of my garden but they do spread.
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Re: shade plants for a rockery under a holly tree

Postby Johnboy » Tue Apr 26, 2022 10:20 pm

Well as I see it so far no plants mentioned are alpines. Certainly there are plants that will thrive in a shade condition but I do not know any Alpines.
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Re: shade plants for a rockery under a holly tree

Postby Monika » Sun May 01, 2022 9:30 am

The low growing hepatica and lewisia will tolerate some shade as long as there is enough moisture in the ground. If you are prepared to water them occasionally, especially during spring and early summer, you could try those. They are certainly both very pretty and colourful.
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Re: shade plants for a rockery under a holly tree

Postby daxtell71 » Tue May 03, 2022 4:42 pm

Thanks, every one it's going to be tricky but fun seeing what survives there. I am thankful for what they did when I was ill it has certainly left me with a gardening challenge ;-)
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