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28/04/2012 at 14:41

I have an area of garden that from October to May gets no sun at all and if we get lots of rain becomes boggy. The rest of the year however it gets sun from midday to sunset and so can become quite dry. I have no idea what to grow, I considered laying down gravel and stones creating some kind of rock garden but i have no idea which plants to use.

28/04/2012 at 15:04

Rock garden plants would prefer more sunshine throughout the year.

You really need to improve the soil before planting up by incorporating organic matter (well-rotted manure> and grit to improve the drainage and the structure of the soil. Once that's done, you will be able to choose from a large number of plants - to give just one example, I have roses thriving in a similar situation.

28/04/2012 at 15:19

Thanks, the rock garden was my little boys idea. He wants to claim this part of the garden as his own. He's only 4 so not sure roses  will appeal to him but if we dig lots of grit into the soil will that help stop it from becoming boggy in the winter as this is the major issue.

28/04/2012 at 15:26

It certainly should, yes. For summer and to keep your little lad interested, how about peas, beans and lettuce (you will have to keep them watered) that he can eat, plus sunflowers and nasturtiums for flowers (also edible)? Being annuals, you don't have to worry about them in winter.

30/04/2012 at 09:02

Thankyou, we have started on the sunflowers. This year we are growing black sunflowers too which should be interesting. Think he would love growing a wigwam out of peas. Will give it a go.

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