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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.

Potentilla Fruticosa

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:51

Potentilla Fruticosa

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 07:51

thanks Dove - that's a good point - I may just leave it this time - I fear I am a bit prune-happy!

Rose Mme Alfred Carriere or Alberc Barbier?

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 07:49

Thans BL - your photo is great - as is your garden! What a stunning rose.

Does it mind being pruned hard? I love the colour and would like to get one, as I already have a Generous and a Shropshire on a west wall, so wanted something different.

It would also get a lot of sun once it is about 5.5ft high as it would be above fence level and could also use the ceanothus as support, so I'm wondering if it would tolerate absoltely no sun until it reaches that height and if it would then be better to get a vigorous climber/rambler which reaches that height fast...

Disease resistance is important though, as it would be wet shade (though well drained) and I don't fancy spraying all year!

Thank you again

Thanks again.

Potentilla Fruticosa

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 22:52

that's my kind of gardening Chris

Rose Mme Alfred Carriere or Alberc Barbier?

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 22:51

off to google meaning of heeling in!

Rose Mme Alfred Carriere or Alberc Barbier?

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 22:51

Rose Mme Alfred Carriere or Alberc Barbier?

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 22:41

Thanks *rosa* I don't like the look of Alberic as much as Alfred, so that's interesting.

Now I have to patiently wait for the soggy mud patch called my garden to dry out a bit, before I order my bareroot!

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