Posted: 23/03/2012 at 18:02
Hi Lucy, one of my favourites are hardy geraniums, so many to choose from, a good hardy perennial, also for dry gardens you can't beat cistus, lots of colours and heights to choose from. Near your seating area can you put something scented like a honeysuckle or rose if you have something for it to climb up? Yes, get down to your local nursery or garden centre to see what's about. A good on-line nursery is hayloft plants, they have a section for beginners and describe what soil conditions and situation the plants like. Happy gardening.