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raised flower bed plants - ideas please!

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 10:19

Thanks GG

i completely agree - the smaller the space, the more inventive we have to be to make it appear spacious, the fewer mistakes we can afford to make and the more creative we need to be!

I'd love to see a photo of your tiny garden if you have one GG - once mine is resorted, I will post too

Now Spring just needs to get a move on...and it has to NOT rain this weekend as we are moving and replacing the shed!

Not asking for much, am I?

raised flower bed plants - ideas please!

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 20:11

Thanks Ladies

I had thought about possibly putting the acer in a new bed, along with the photinia or pieris, and making that bit of the bed (it's going to be slightly tiered) ericaceous...but not sure yet.

Good point about the acer taking over - mine (apparently!) is only 3 ft high at most so I'm hoping it won't turn into some rampant tree!

Re my honeysuckle - I had no idea GG! Mine was pruned hard back almost to the ground in autumn...I do know that they light their base to be in the shade (which it was) but also that they grow in forests and like some shade - mine is in full sun and I think that bed got too dry perhaps...shall be moving that too...

Infact, come some better weather, half my tiny garden will be in transition

Off to read all your links - thanks!\



raised flower bed plants - ideas please!

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 07:23

Good point G Grandma - yes I suppose the bed is quite well stocked, but at the moment the honeysuckle is pruned back to a foot above ground level and there are a few herbacious perenneials. The gap that exists is quite apparent now the acer has no leaves, and the honesuckle has never flowered sadly - no idea why - maybe too hot a site for it...the Mexican OB is about 60cm tall and almost as wide (has also never flowered and is 2 yrs old) - just wondering if something evergreen or at least with winter colour could be pursuaded to plug the gap whilst the other shrubs grow across!

Thanks BL - had never considered photinia - you see, that's why I come on these forums because there is so much to learn!


Thanks both for responding

raised flower bed plants - ideas please!

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 19:35

The other day was for another bed in a different part of garden - which hasn't been built yet and is as such a clean slate. Different soil, different aspect. This is for an existing bed I am stuck on. Digital camera on the blink hence lack of photos and phone not good enough qualoty to take pic.

raised flower bed plants - ideas please!

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 17:55

That's it really: I have a west-facing (and a little eat sun first thing) L shaped raised bed (sleepers) with in it a Mexican Orange Blossom, an Acer palmatum, Iceberg rose, a hebe, lithospermum plus some geums, anemones and a honeysuckle that has never flowered after 2 years! There's a big gap next to my Mexican OB - am looking for a nice tall bush, good shape, which will also hide some of the corner of the fence behind it. The soil is free draining, a bit of clay. No idea as to pH. Had considered Cornus Alba with the yellow leaves and brilliant red stems, but will it be too enormous next to Mexican OB and possibly have leaves that are also too similar? (yellow and green and size) - liked the idea of some winter stem colour though...wondering if there are Cornuses with purple leaves...

Other option is moving the Acer to gain even more space and sticking a Fuji cherry  in there which grows to may 2.5m but the soil isn't ericaceous...

Or a sword-shaped leafed plant? 

Any ideas on good shrubs, not too slow growing, possibly deciduous if they have good stems, that will fill this gap?

I am stuck!


planting a raised flower bed

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 13:04

some great ideas and thanks for the photo!

@ Busy L: I love hostas but the snails in my garden are achieving world dominance and the hostas get trashed in a week, no matter what measures I take

@Nut: is vinca minor as bad? I have a small white vinca minor...

@Kate: gorgeous! I love the height you've achieved at the back.

Brunnera and Erisymum to be investigated now - off to Google

planting a raised flower bed

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 09:27

thanks Thai


planting a raised flower bed

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 07:15

Hi, I'm about to create a raised flower bed with sleepers in my small city garden - it'll be L shaped and possibly tiered too.

The very left hand side will be in totalshade as it will fall alongside a 5ft fence. The top of the L will have moring sun about up to 1pm and the front portions will have a mixture of dappled and sun until the same time.

Soil will be anything I choose, as will be filling it up from scratch.

I had a mad idea to maybe get the lowest part of the L protruding a wee bit into the garden (creating a sort of square with 3 sides-shape) where I could stick a small water feature, like a spherical stone...

Other than that, the only plants I currently own to put in this bed are 1 skimmia (2 yrs old), a 2 yr old Leucothoe, 2 vincas and a small fern.

I've looked at lots of gardening sites and books but I'm still struggling to imagine how exactly to plant this bed up giving it good height at the back (also fenced) and a nice arranegment.

I love foliage and maybe some colour all year round. Thinking of adding Lysimachia, Helleborus, black grass...any other ideas? Would a red palmate acer I already have in a pot be ok to share a bed with other plants? What about good climbers as a backdrop on the trellis/fence? Nothing too vigorous (I had to take out a purple solanum last year as it went out of control).

Has anyone themed their raised bed with certain colours? I partucularly like silvers/purples/blues/whites with splashes of orange or yellow.

Any photos of your raised beds would be great - thank you



Talkback: Slugs

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:55

My slugs were huge (clay soil) until I obliterated them with nematodes - they worked really well - no more slugs AT ALL - only snails now  and nothing short of stamping on them or chucking them over the wall into a disused garden works...

Rose Mme Alfred Carriere or Alberc Barbier?

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:53

Thanks Rosa.

Agree with Nut - I would give my right arm to have a rose like that in my garden, Busy! Yes, I can still see the photo too.

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