Can you also create a rock garden on the north side?

Can you also create a rock garden on the north side?

Suitable locations in northern locations

A dry, perhaps sloping location on a slope is ideal for the rock garden even in northern locations. Rainwater can flow down here, but must not collect at the foot of the embankment. Good drainage, perhaps even by means of pipes and plenty of gravel in the substructure, is therefore essential. Furthermore, the north-facing location of the planned shadow garden should not necessarily be directly in front of a house wall, because the sun actually never gets there.

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The right plants for the shady rock garden

The selection of suitable plants for the rock garden is - contrary to expectations perhaps - large. Ferns like the rue (Asplenium rutamuraria) in particular feel at home in full shade. This tiny creature can be found in wall joints and between stones. The pretty striped fern (Asplenium trichomanes) doesn't need much space either. In contrast to the deer tongue fern (Phylitis scolopendrium) or spotted fern (Polypodium vulgare), which are significantly larger. The wintergreen ground cover hazel root is also perfect for shady locations.

Flowering plants for the shade garden

You don't have to do without beautiful flowers on the north side either.

  • G√ľnsel (Ajuga reptans) needs a little more moisture.
  • The Waldsteinia (Waldsteinia ternata) is evergreen and produces yellow flowers.
  • The foam blossom (Tiarelle cordifolia) also loves rather moist soil.
  • The memorial (Omphalodes verna) is related to the forget-me-not.
  • The lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) often blooms as early as the end of February.
  • The porcelain flower (Saxifraga umbrosa) is also one of the spring bloomers.
  • Bergenia comes in many varieties and different flowering times.
  • The lark spur (Corydalis lutea) is an undemanding permanent bloomer.
  • The tiny cymbal herb (Cymbalaria muralis) spreads quickly in natural stone walls.
  • The Haberlea (Haberlea rhodopensis) scores with pretty light blue flowers.
  • The rock plate (Ramonda myconi) feels most comfortable in the cool shade.
  • The gold droplet (Chiastophyllum oppositifolium) shows golden yellow flower clusters.
  • The moss saxifrage (Saxifraga x arendsii) is also one of the typical plants for the north side.


Many herbs also thrive very well in shady rock gardens, such as comfrey, lovage and others. Boxwood is particularly suitable on woody plants.