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29/04/2012 at 10:04

When it comes to gardening experience, I am very good with hard landscaping but put my hands up to say I know next to nothing when it comes to finishing off the project with flowers and plants.

I have a very bare looking frontage to my house, as I have a large cobble block drive with no grass or planting area.  Looks pretty dull and like a car park.  Great if you want to park cars but no so great when you are trying to sell a house.

I have just purchased a rather large 2 meter long by 40cm deep and 40cm wide planter.  It is huge and I really need some advice as to what to put in it.  I am looking to have some hardy greenery mixed with some bright plants.  I have put some pansies in hanging baskets, but the focal point will be this planter.  Any advice on this subject would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks

29/04/2012 at 10:20

I would go for lavander, get some of the hardier ones, evergreen all year, smells lovely and good for the bees. You could edge the planter with some trailing nasturtiums or petunias. Then plant some bulbs for next spring.

29/04/2012 at 10:28

For bright plants I would really recommend Senetti as they have masses of stunning colour, insects love them and they flower right through. Would look great among some evergreen shrubs like lavender and rosemary.
Also recommend Osteospermums, tough flowering plants which keep going on through the season and will come back each year if in a sheltered enough spot.

29/04/2012 at 10:42

Some great ideas there, thank you.  I forgot how nice lavender looks especially in a planter.  Just have to wait for the rain to stop now...

29/04/2012 at 10:55

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/creative-projects/how-to-create-a-lavender-garden/177.html

29/04/2012 at 11:35

Hi does the planter face north south east or west and is sheltered or exposed? This will affect which plants will thrive and give you curb appeal.

30/04/2012 at 14:45

The garden gets the sun all morning up until about 13:00hrs when it moves over the back garden.  It is quite exposed.

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