Woodland Border

My woodland border runs along the south side of my garden so faces north-west. Behind it is a large barn so this border is mainly in shade most of the year though catches afternoon and evening sun in the summer months when it sets further to the west. Much of the planting along this edge is inherited, and though I have tried to improve the variety of plants throughout the year, it still remains mostly ferns and hardy geraniums. The border is in a raised walled bed and the soil remains quite damp.

GROUND COVER:
  • Ajuga reptans / Bugle
  • Soleirolia soleirolii (syn. Helxine soleirolii) / Mind-your-own-business, baby’s tears
  • Ferns including ‘Hart’s tongue’
  • Heuchera ‘Lime Marmalade’ and ‘Marmalade’
  • Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’
  • Pulmonaria / Lungwort
  • Galium odoratum / Sweet Woodruff
TREES AND SHRUBS:
  • Crinodendron hookerianum / Chilean Lantern tree
  • Lonicera fragrantissima / Winter Honeysuckle
  • Salix caprea / Goat Willow
  • Sambucus nigra Aurea / Golden Elder
CLIMBERS:
  • Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’‘Prince Charles’, Montana ‘Marjorie’‘Polish Spirit’ an unknown blue and an unknown pink.
  • Honeysuckle
  • Variegated ivy
  • Muehlenbeckia axillaris / Wire vine
PERENNIALS:
  • Aconite / monkshood
  • Astilbe × arendsii  ‘Weisse Gloria’  and ‘Fanal’ 
  • Astrantia
  • Dicentra spectabilis / Lamprocapnos spectabilis / Bleeding Heart
  • Fuchsia ‘Tom Thumb’
  • Geranium ‘Ingerwere’
  • Geranium x oxonianum
  • Geranium lucidum / shining geranium
  • Geranium robertianum / Herb Robert
  • Hellebore orientalis and niger
  • Lysimachia punctata / Yellow Loosestrife /  Whorled Loosestrife
  • Polyanthus
  • Primula japonica ‘Apple Blossom’
  • Veronica / Speedwell
Yellow loosestrife and clematis ‘Prince Charles’
BULBS:
  • Chionodoxa luciliae  / Glory of the Snow
  • Narcissus ‘Rip van Winkle’, ‘February Gold’, ‘Segovia’

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