Plants for large pot, north wall

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    Hi All, we would like an architectural plant in a large pot near our front door. Problem is that its north facing and slightly recessed so in full shade.
    Any suggestions please?
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    A tall order and not many good looking plants will survive such a location, plus what is the size of the pot and what plant height are you looking for ?

    You might want to consider some of these taller and similar artificial plants as they can be very realistic.

    Artificial Flowers & Artificial Plants - IKEA
     
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    What sort of plant are you thinking of shrub ? Herbaceous perennial ? How big is the pot as well .
     
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    Hello @fred88 I have a Fatsia Japonica ,it loves the shade and copes well north facing:smile:
     
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      Fred88, hiya :)
      Ferns like dryopteris affinis would look good there esp one called The King. Low maintenance and semi evergreen.
      However my choice would be a camellia if it is reasonably sheltered. Superb in containers ...lovely evergreen foliage and plenty of flowers in spring. :)
       
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        Thanks for the replies.

        Pot could be waist high and sensibly proportioned, ie with a good base, not tall and slender.

        Been thinking of some sort of standard, under planted with something. Wife would like Lavender for the under planting.
         
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        I would be looking at Bux shrubs can be bought as a standard are any shape you require , have a look a Irish yew ( taxus baccata fastigiata ) they grow like a column, yews are similar to bux and can be bought in various shapes have a look at cloud pruned types.

        Unfortunately the condition are not suitable for Lavander they will grow very leggy looking for the light and probably will never flower. There is a lot of plants which can be used to under plant, lots of shade lovers have interesting foliage like hosta - Brunnera - ferns - heuchera / tiarella - variegated vinca ( evergreen ) plus many more, could even go down the annual planting with begonia - lobelia - busy lizzie .
         
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          Good afternoon @fred88 you could of course plant a lovely standard or half standard Rose plenty of choice's and then under plant it:smile:
           
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          Thanks all for the ideas. Thought I'd mention Lavender to see what you thought but agree that it would probably struggle. Like the idea of Bux or a largish fern or half standard rose. Hosta for the under planting could look good depending on what we go for.
           
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          Fern and Ivy is a classic combination which can look really, really good. (Google photo) [​IMG]

          If any colour is needed, variegated Vinca (Minor) is evergreen and flowers with lovely, purplish- blue flowers. Many ferns are at least semi- evergreen and the new fronds in the spring are delightful :)
           
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