Hi I have a south facing garden with a wooden fence and a tree at one end. The shady end I have been able to get looking ok with shade plants but the other end gets very little sun in winter and lots in summer. I have a climbing rose, a lavendar, alstromeria. But all look tatty in winter. Can you recommend anything that would look good in winter? Would be happy to plant it all in small shrubs to get an attractive consistent look. I do water it in summer. Thanks

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Hi Sheryl

Thanks for your question I’d love to help. Some planting for winter foliage would be

Dense Winter shade and full summer sun.
Existing climbing rose, lavender, alstromeria
Desires shrubs


Hebe Wiri Vogue – Shrub: flowers over summer, foliage in winter
Viburnum davidii – Shrub: winter flowering and decorative berries
Marguerite daisy – Shrub: year round flowers. If pruned before winter and every 6 months foliage will be dense and will encourage repeat flowering. If Marguerite daisies are left too long they will become woody and straggly.
Camellia – Can be planted to rear of existing planting to give height and foliage covering.

Happy gardening

Maria – Palmers national garden consultant

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