The shady garden in summer and autumn… beginning an A-Z

  I had been preparing for a workshop covering the possibilities for gardening in a little - or a lot - of shade and put together the gallery last year to illustrate some of the contenders that anyone tackling such a proposition might entertain. A perennial question, this, what to plant, planting combination and health…

The shady garden in summer and into autumn … beginning an A-Z

  I'm preparing for a workshop covering the possibilities for gardening in a little - or a lot - of shade and have begun to put together the gallery (above, but more to come) to illustrate some of the contenders that anyone tackling such a proposition might entertain. Damp shade and dry shade, dappled shade…

Fuchsia Dollar Princess, for the perfect big and bold, shade-tolerant hanging basket

I chose this Fuchsia, Dollar Princess, for a hanging basket by my front door - it clashes beautifully with the Victorian red-brick and the flowers have an almost ultraviolet glamour, set off well by the deep green leaves, although the flowers almost completely smother the plant already. Sometimes more is more. There is shade from…

Ruby Tuesday

Fuchsias are grown for their very attractive, usually pendent flowers that are borne more or less continuously from summer to autumn. They are useful in summer-bedding schemes, containers or in the ground. Some fuchsias are hardy enough to be used as hedges and in permanent plantings. All fuchsias have the same general routine care: In…