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plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:39


So I have a decent sized area of soil which is ready to plant in and to create a long lasting new structure. The area is shaped like a semi-circle, with a half-height fence at the back end of the flat edge of the semi circle. It is in full sun and the soil is loamy and well drained (not done a pH test, as of yet but at a guess it wont be highly acidic).

So far, I have 6x lavenders (hidcote) which i'll be planting at 30cm intervals, in a triangular cluster. I'd like to do the same with some other plants, so each species can have its own little colony within the area. I've done some planning and measuring up today and figured i'm going to need around 80 plants to complete the front two-thirds of the semi circle, following the curve around.

I love the colour combination of purples, pinks, blues and whites (pastel and bold), with strong yellows, so would like this to be the dominant theme. I love Salvias, Nepetas, Lavenders, Verbenas, Echinaceas, Rudbeckias, Anthemis, Asters, Coreopsis - im sure there are others but these are favourites.

I also have a few herbs on the go from seeds - pot marjoram, thyme, sage, basil, parsley.

As a lot of these aren't evergreen, im really after some suggestions on creating some persistent structure in the area, so through winter it isn't dull and twiggy/woody. I'm sure many of you have borders or areas with a lot of the plants i like above in them, so wondered what you plant in partner with these. I'm not fixated on the list above, and am aware that i will probably have to limit that down in any case, ive just put them there as a starting point. I like grasses too but really don't know anything about them at all in honesty.

at the front of the semi circle, which is raised to about mid-thigh level, id like some cascading/trailing plants to cover the whole wall. I do have some aubretias growing but blimey they are slow, they have hardly grown in the last week or so.

please suggest away, keen to get the plants in and getting the area going!

I forgot to mention - this is on the end of a drive that is on a fairly busy main road, so you could consider the part of it by the main road to be 'exposed' so it would need some wind-tolerant edging plants on the one section. I also have 2x Hebes in pots, not sure on the variety though ill post pics up and find out. not sure if they would be suitable for that task of windbreakers, for this there would be the need for about 5-10 of the plants.

potatoes ...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 21:57

another Q. what does everyone do about feeding? i didnt put any granular feed in the container when planting them, and havent fed them since.

plant suggestions for a shady balcony

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:49

i also looked into this, as it will be down the road from where ill be:

its £8 a month for a 2x1metre raised bed. 

plant suggestions for a shady balcony

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:43

i love lettuce so thats not so bad i have actually got a list of allotments and numbers from the council. once i move and am settled ill consider putting my name down. im a little worried on time though. not sure i could commit to going down daily.

lavenders ...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:38

Thanks Bob. Im amazed its in in decent nick, its been neglected for a few months.

potatoes ...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:14

Steve, this property is at the Worcestershire/West Midlands border. ive earthed these shoots up now already ..

Is this area ready for planting

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:11

Thanks for the kind words Sue! it has been bloody hard work but i always knew that it was worth putting the effort in once and there would be years worth of return. not a bad deal for a few weeks of hard graft i reckon

my only concern is with the soil surface and weed roots. could do with a sieve really.

plant suggestions for a shady balcony

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 16:44


i move into a city centre apartment next month. it has a balcony, which only gets sun til around 11am, then its in the shade. its on the second floor, so quite high up and might get a bit of wind.

I'd prefer to grow something edible, but really anything that will thrive in a container in those conditions will do, will help ease the pain of having lost a garden

suggestions? really open to any ideas, got none in mind or anything specific in mind.

potatoes ...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 16:38

Thanks for the tip Bob - going out to do it now!

transplanting garlics

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 16:37

Hi Dove

Are the pots big enough though? they're pretty small, only about 3.5 inches deep?

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