Easily the most commonly asked question amongst our customers is “what can I plant under my hedge?” Sometimes its north facing, and hence completely in the shade, sometimes south facing, and hence completely arid. The hedge is usually conifers – surely the hungriest, thirstiest most soil impoverishing plant in the world.
All in all, a pretty challenging environment for any plant, and frankly, there aren’t many plants of any interest that are going to thrive in those conditions. The best you can really expect is some reasonably attractive ground cover, and perhaps the occasional flower.
Anyway, for your delectation, here is our list of possible candidates:
Ground cover, shade
Other plants for dry shade
Hedge bottoms with some sun
Remember that whatever you plant, these are very challenging conditions, and the plants performance will vary depending on exactly how dry / shady / impoverished your particular border is. They will not necessarily look as good as they do on the nursery/in the books!