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plant suggestions for a shady balcony

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:54

£8 a month, Mmmmmm expensive for a Yorkshireman!  Have you ever heard of the Landshare folk, bringing together people with gardens and people who want to garden :-

Think that Hugh Fearnley River Cottage had summat to do with it ......

plant suggestions for a shady balcony

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:23

Other than putting your name down for an allotment, seems to me you'll be eating a lot of lettuce and 'micro salads' with so little sunlight to contend with. You can buy packets of mixed salad leaves, even old peas sown for their shoots are nice.  A growbag, lifted up off the balcony floor somehow would probably work, maybe with a white screen behind to reflect whatever light you have. If its windy a bit of netting, fine mesh, would stop them getting a chill. Still you probably won't be troubled by snails .......

Perennial Perfection...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 08:26

'It faces North so gets a little evening sun'.  Mmmmm sounds a bit shady to me, all them Autumn echinaceas, sedums the hot loving perovskias and the like might find things a bit dark n chilly come time to flower, if they thrive at all.  Seems more like Spring to Mid-Summer planting is the solution - Aconitums, Aquilegias, Geraniums, Lupins, Delphiniums (if the blooming snails ain't a problem)  etc plus some earlyish flowering shrubs like Weigela, Deutzia maybe even a Buddliea for that evening sun. BTW all the above great bee plants!!!

Bee friendly plants for hanging baskets

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 12:49

Nepeta faassennii - flowers for ever - looks like lavendar - attracts bees and butterflies ( a 10ft border under the dining room window had 26 tortoiseshells on in September!) - going to try it in John Innes in hanging baskets this year (hanging basket rights applied for) - perennial so may never have to redo the baskets every year!!

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