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Posted: 08/08/2013 at 14:49

Need a bit of height and contrast in the border Verdi or it all looks a bit 'puddingy' doesn't it?

MrsG- usually the alstoemerias seed themselves around a bit and they're sometimes hard to get rid of....I hope that's not how you think of me!....


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 14:45

Hi blackcap. Pyracanthas like a bit of sun but they will also take shade. I had one in a shady little corner at a previous house, facing north east and it was perfectly happy. They're best grown as hedging or against walls and fences so if you can give them that type of location it would be better. They don't need support as such though. As you've not mentioned aspect or soil type for your border, I'll suggest a couple of things that survive well almost anywhere -Berberis and Euonymous. There are various Berberis varieties -the green ones are  evergreen and prickly and have yellow or orangey flowers in spring with berries later (similar to the Pyracanthas) The purple ones are deciduous but same flowers etc. You can clip them to size if you want- some get big as they're often used for hedging.  Euonymous are mainly grown for foliage- small variegated green/gold or green/cream foliage, and will grow as a  'bush' or, if put against a wall or fence, will act like a little climber. Both are easy to acquire and grow, and trouble free normally. 


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 14:32

Hi Mark- you have a bit of a task there!  As you say clearing all the debris and starting with a clean slate is the best thing to do. It may take a while but in the meantime you can start planning what you want from the space. If you can give us an idea of the aspect- including any other buildings etc nearby that will cast shade- that will help with plant suggestions, and also tell us what the soil is like and what the overall size is. If the plot's very shady for instance, it's probably not worth having grass.  If you want to get some trees back in, go for some of the airy types like Birch which won't give dense shade, or the ornamental cherries or almonds, depending on how much room you have and what else you want to plant. Amelanchier is another useful shrub which can be grown as a small tree. Make a list of the things you want to have- ie patio/dining area, veg plot etc and make a little sketch of where those things can go so that you can see what you're left with for general planting. If there's features outwith the garden that you want to screen, include those too.

Hope that's a little help to start you off. In a way it's good that you're starting now, because you've got a couple of months of decent weather to get the clearing done and that means you can take your time planning over the winter to get going in spring! 

Shaded Border

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 14:17

HI Novice- Violas do well in shady areas too so might be worth trying them -lots of colours to choose from and they're low growing.  If the soil's a bit dry the Heucheras may struggle a little so if you water and then mulch they might  be happier. You can get nice bright green varieties which are good in the shade - the purple ones sometimes disappear a bit unless you have some brighter foliage around them. If you like grasses some of the Carexes have good green/gold foliage and are evergreen. I have Carex 'Evergold' which forms a nice 'mound' about a foot high and takes sun as well as shade. They look good with purple heucheras 


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 14:04

fidget- that's exactly the problem. Enabling when you think you're helping. It's such a shame. The food banks will get their share of scroungers just like every other 'charity'. They're taking from the mouths of people who genuinely need it as Verd witnessed  the other day. 


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:48

Just saw your post there stacey- agapantus- very good!

He may have colour co- ordinated them...we'll find out later 

Hope GG behaves herself at that wedding- you know what these 27 yr olds are like when they get going!

Think I may have to cut my grass- it's looking very long and lush.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:45

Verd- I was just going to take Stacey to task about' pants size' but you beat me to it - I'm sure yours are all very modest...

I'm assuming they were clean though......

Tina- was going to suggest that if the area you want  to put trellis on will be disguised most of the time with plants, you could have done a couple of battens and some wire or mesh attached. Not so attractive if it's a bit you see all the time or if it's not evergreen planting, but it would be cheaper and simpler.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:20
Berghill wrote (see)

Ah, so you are the Kitchen appliances crew then!

I must read my reviews and see if any of them are any good....


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:17


Philip - if you think about your Christmas dinner- that's why parsnips are a such popular accompaniment then! Autumn/winter is their season 

Nice soup from them too.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 08:15

KEF- I'll try!

It's a lovely idea having name associations  - and I particularly like the tomatoes called Dave...or was he really called Rodney? 

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