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30/08/2012 at 21:17

Hi to all

I have a small back yard and entry (terraced house) which I am trying to turn into a nice area to sit in.I have put old cast iron rain hoppers onto the wall and planted these up( they are doing very well ) All of my plants are in small tubs(roses, hydranga,and annuals)

I have built 2 platers size 10ft length 2 foot wide and 2 ft 6 deep I know they are narrow but space was a real issue.

I am looking for inspiration and want to grow evergreen perenials with a couple of dwarf shrubs mixed in for year round interest

I have a few shrubs in mind Euonymus fortunei emerld and gold maybe a box ( which I would trim to keep smallish), A dwarf buddlia .I have been looking at perenials and am now all confused

Can anyone give me a list of plants that would be suitable and make a lovely planter border

The aspect is west/south west having sun morning, shade mid afternoon due to house casting shadow and sun in evening

Hope someone has the time to try and help all replies will be gratefully recieved

 
30/08/2012 at 21:31

I think a repeat planted row of lavenders would look good in one of the long planters, like a mini lavender hedge, it would also smell great if you're sat outside. I'm sure others here will have suggestions too.

30/08/2012 at 21:37

Thanks for the reply Leggi

I would like to incorporate different plants really not just one ( although I have looked at lavender for the aroma, but maybe in a small clump)

If its not a daft idea I would like to replicate the 2 planters as I have bought an old cast iron bench ( which I am refurbing at the minute) which will be place in between the planters.I thought it would be a good idea to make the planters the same?

 

Thanks again

30/08/2012 at 21:38

Hello,

I've had much success with the black grass (ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens), my absolute favourite plant, Heucheras and Hebes. All get on well with each other, give year-round interest, are easy to look after and don't take up too much space.  I don't allow the Heucheras to flower i.e I just cut off the flower heads so that I can enjoy the foliage but it's your choice.  Have fun.
30/08/2012 at 21:45
http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/11334.jpg?width=350

 

This is the kind of design I would love to do maybe without the cordyline( if that is what it is).I know my planter is narrower ,but this is the type of design I think would look great

Can anyone name the plants in the picture

I know the

hebe, choysia ,box and Heuchera then i get lost

Thanks for the reply Abu Zan

I have 2 Heucheras in the front garden which I like,never thought about cutting the flowers off but I see your point

Can anyone come up with a definative design like what plant where I am a learning novice who is a google warrior and have no real experience

 

30/08/2012 at 22:07

Can I add skimmias into the mix.

There is definitely a lavender in that photo, the problem with a definitive plan is that different plants grow well in different soil, so I planted 5 identical hebes in 4 different parts of the garden 2 are huge, 2 are normal and 1 died. The plants in that picture are  probably tweaked all the time to look so good.

30/08/2012 at 22:57
How about sarcoccoca, sweet box? Evergreen, easily pruned to shape, easy to look after ad wonderfully scented in late winter. Choisya sundance is evergreen.....yellow leaves...and scented in spring. A blue grass, elymus magellanicus, would look good with red Heucheras. A yellow campanula, dicksons gold, Is an evergreen small mound with blue lowers in summer and Uncinia unciniata rubra is a foxy red evergreen grass. What about a hellebore too? Not too sure about cutting flowers off Heucheras....some of them have lovely flowers and give an added linear shape
31/08/2012 at 09:09

Hardy geranium macrorhizum is evergreen except in very harsh winters and the scented foliage turns red in the cold.  Pale pink or white flowers in late spring are an added bonus.   I find that phlomis russelliana are evergreen thought they can look tatty in a very bad winter (but mine are worse than UK).  Thge leaves are a soft sage green and there are tall spikes of soft yellow flowers in early summer followed by interesting seed heads for birds and frosted winter interest.  It will spread if happy and will need controlling.

Hellebores are evergreen and have flowers in late winter/early spring which is when old foliage should be cut off to show the flowers and allow the new foliage through.  carex buchannaii is a bronze evergreen grass that will sway beautifully in teh wind and not spread madly.  It just needs combing through with gloved hands in spring. 

Don't just think of foliage either.  Russian sage will give aromatic blue/green foliage throughout the spring and summer plus blue flowers which insects love and then striking bare white stems in winter.   Cut these back every spring to promote new growth and maintain the colour and vigour.

As for giving you a plan, the best thing is to buy the plants you like and which will suit the soil and aspect and then place them in the border in their pots then move them around till you have pleasing combiations of toning or contrasting colour shape and form.  Definitely a good idea to match the planting in the pots for your bench as long as they will have equal sun and shade.   If not, plant to suit available light.

31/08/2012 at 13:34

i agree with hellebores and heuchera's - i've also recently revamped my garden to get some year round interest and have invested in some azaleas, camelias and ferns. I've also planted some Loropetalum chinensis Fire Dance which has lovely burgandy leaves and bright pink ribbon like flowers, and a Daphne to give some much needed ealry scent in the garden.

Whatever you decide to plant - enjoy!

31/08/2012 at 17:15

Wow thanks for all the advice,

I like the look of the Loropetalum chinensis Fire Dance thanks rhonsal

Hellabores seem a nice plant for winter interest thanks obelixx

Thanks Kate yes your right that is lavender in the centre I think. On the subject of skimias I have just read they need 2 plants 1 male and 1 female is this correct.

 

If someone can name the plants in the photo I would be eternally grateful as I think my heart is set on trying to get my planters looking something like the pic.

I suppose I will have to prune away on a regular basis to achieve the effect ,but I am willing to do that to achieve the desired effect.As I have said I am a novice who will put the hard work in.

Thanks for all your wonderful help so far I really appreciate it.

Wish I had been born with green fingers

31/08/2012 at 17:43

Hi Bill, difficult to tell what the plants at the back of the photo from but I can do most of the front ones. From the left front - 3 Hebe balls (to their right)Heuchera with Lavender behind and black Phormium behind it;front and right again 3 varigated Hebe balls; yellow foliage behind looks like Euonymous; front and right again golden Heuchera with Caryopteris(blue flowers)behind;right and front again, blue grass with a varigated grass behind - hope this helps.

31/08/2012 at 18:11
Daintiness wrote (see)

Hi Bill, difficult to tell what the plants at the back of the photo from but I can do most of the front ones. From the left front - 3 Hebe balls (to their right)Heuchera with Lavender behind and black Phormium behind it;front and right again 3 varigated Hebe balls; yellow foliage behind looks like Euonymous; front and right again golden Heuchera with Caryopteris(blue flowers)behind;right and front again, blue grass with a varigated grass behind - hope this helps.

 

Thanks ever so much Daintness that has me smiling I like the Caryopteris and may substitute that for the lavender.

Another question are all the plants in the border evergreen?

How many of the plants would anyone realistically put into a 10ft planter.

I like the look of the blackish plant on the back right anyone have any ideas what this is?

 

Thanks again to everyone for their continued help

 

31/08/2012 at 18:16

All those I named are evergreen apart from Caryopteris

31/08/2012 at 18:19

Daintness what would you put in the Caryopteris's place as an evergreen?

 

Thanks

 

Bill

31/08/2012 at 18:37

Russian sage which looks similar but has the white stems in winter - see post above.

31/08/2012 at 18:47

Thanks Obelixx, Do they do a smaller that 1,2m russian sage I think this may be too large after a couple of years

31/08/2012 at 18:52

I would put in Nandina domestica 'Firepower' AGM - hasn't got blue flowers but has creamy flowers, foliage changes colour, upright growth, red berries in winter and is evergreen.

31/08/2012 at 19:07

Daintness that looks a nice plant

I'm sat with the wife trying to google everything you told me from the picture

Theres a plan forming somewhere in the back of my head haha

02/09/2012 at 14:55

We have now planted up the planters each with

2 box

2 hebes

2 choysia

1 phormium

3 ajuga

2 Euonymus fortunei emerld and gold

2 fountain grass

Looks good and I am pretty pleased so far

 

Thanks for everyones help

02/09/2012 at 15:21

Sounds like a god mix and i hope it works well for you.

Just for info, Russian sage is cut back hard every spring to renew vigour and stem colour so its size is controlled.  I've just bought 3 to add to my front bed which is being modified to provide extra winter interest.

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