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I have had a few rows of paving laid in front of the conservatory and now have an empty section between it and the old path across to the shed. I am wondering what would be good to plant there. I will probably have a couple of stepping stones in line with the conservatory door and I need a bit of room to walk round the pond which is just off the left of the photo. Nothing too high but I don't want grass because the chickens will scratch it up. It's sunny during the mornings in summer other wise shade / partial shade, well-drained, slightly alkaline.

Thanks in advance for suggestions. Flo x


Flo - some scented plants would be nice - a Sarcacocca maybe?Skimmias are low growing,too . What about some herbs? I will keep thinking
Pam LL x
Lavenders may be good. Lilyloiuse's suggestion of scented plants is a must have for me. Herbs? Rosemary, lads love ...the old fashioned green artemisia, ...santolina, and choisya...yellow or green..would be nice there

Some good evening smellies, nicotiana? for when you sit out there after a hard days graft. 


Oh yes Nut -evening scent - Hesperis Matronalis 

and some Night-scented phlox, and Zaluzianskya Ovata - wonderful perfumes in the evening.



Sorted then. Hesperis for early summer, nicotiana, (I'd go for N. affinis), for late summer.

Beth Greenfingers!!

maybe a few different types of hostas!!

or a herb garden, maybe thymes and varying lavenders?!!

Japanese Acer


Thats the hard part with gardening so many lovely plants and flowers but which theme to choose!!

im in the same predicament at the mo after moving into a new house in sept, and a very uncared for south facing garden, with no plants just a lawn!!



Thank you kind people for your suggestions. I think I'm going to end up with quite a lot of herby/ scenty things I think. Pam, I have a sarcococca in a pot and was thinking about using it there. In fact I want them all!!! I love the idea of evening smellies.

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