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13/01/2013 at 15:37
I have a border which is 4feet x 12feet.There is a bank that drops from the border into a beck.The other side of the beck goes onto a farmers field,often used for dog walkers. I have just bought two decent size laurels,a holly to act as screening. I have also bought a couple of dogwoods red colour to go at the front.Any ideas to fill up the border.I was thinking of chrocrosmia . I would be grateful if Anyone can advise .I can post a photo if needed. Thanks
13/01/2013 at 15:45

Post a photo lotty, I like to see photos.  which way does it face and what's the soil?

13/01/2013 at 15:47

Crocosmias are quite late flowering, I would be tempted to go for daylilies or an  Erysimum for a longer season of colour.

13/01/2013 at 18:48

In an area that large you could have a variety of plants, perhaps flowering throughout the seasons.

13/01/2013 at 20:10
Thanks for that. Can anyone tell me how to inset photos onto the forum.

13/01/2013 at 20:14
lottyh40 wrote (see)
Thanks for that. Can anyone tell me how to inset photos onto the forum.


Click on the oak tree next to ABC on the message-bar- a box will come up-then select,upload,save.

13/01/2013 at 20:54
Sorry I'm using an iPad and the message bar doesn't seem to be there.
Any ideas.


13/01/2013 at 21:02

You can't do a direct upload then -you can post a link from a photo sharing site like flicker or photobucket

Does that help?

14/01/2013 at 18:51
Hi nut cutlet still cannot upload my photos very annoying.
14/01/2013 at 21:23
Lottyh, your border is 4 feet deep by 12 feet long? Just clarifying because there won't be much space left if you have 5 largish shrubs already planted.
14/01/2013 at 22:13

something cheap and cheerful to fill in the gaps til they grow?

15/01/2013 at 08:10
Crocosmias will be too big and vigorous to add to your planting. I agree with nutcutlet...something cheap and cheerful for year or so. Scented tobacco plants? Couple of lavendars amongst.annuals?
15/01/2013 at 09:53

I agree with Verdun, the shrubs will fill the border eventually, laurels can grow very big and will need regular trimming. Is it a formal border, or will it be a hedge? If a border then annuals would be good to fill the space before the shrubs get big. Otherwise, as I have seen in Ireland along the hedgerows, you could plant hardy fuschias and crocosmia. If a formal bed with other plants the crocosmia may well takeover, but if it's to be a hedge boundary with a lawn that is mown it should be OK. It's hard to know without seeing it. Also we don't know where the sun is coming from.

15/01/2013 at 15:27

at ford abbey I saw a border of Chinese anemones in pinks and whites which looked stunning ,also I love rudbeckia s .

15/01/2013 at 16:28
Hi lottie, am pretty new to gardening, just started 5-6 years ago so maybe I don't know to much. I like wild flowers. Some beautiful wildflower packets around.
15/01/2013 at 16:32
I love geraniums too and cosmos.
15/01/2013 at 17:15

If iut's wet, then could you go for some Astibes? Like others have said, won't be much room in a few years time with all those shrubs. Maybe you could get some ground covering plants, such as Geraniums, which will grow through things and cover the bare ground while the shrubs get established. Could also try some cheap seed growing annuals for quick cover. Cerinthe Major Shrimp is a great plant that will give some body for a period of time.

15/01/2013 at 18:21
Thanks everyone for you good ideas. When I can work out how to upload pictures to this site using my iPad will post.However the gardening has come to a stop due to the snow. It's pretty bad in Scarborough.
Thanks again
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