For shrubs which do especially well in town gardens see SHRUB. Other plants which succeed where conditions are shady include digitalis (foxglove), bluebells and polygonatum (Solomon’s seal) — see SHADE. Most floribunda roses are successful, notably varieties like Frensham, Marchenland, Concerto and Tivoli or the hybrid musks and hybrid rugosa — see ROSE. Note that black spot disease is unlikely to worry the gardener as soot and smoke appear to discourage the germination of the fungus spores. Beginners who are faced with a small town garden where the soil is possibly sour and/or overgrown with weeds should read one of the specialised books on town gardening.

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