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aine
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 6:28 pm    Post subject: need shrub/plant ideas pls Reply with quote

hi all
i have dug out an area for a new border. the area runs 20 foot along a concrete fence and the depth of the border is 8 foot. the soil is alkaline and pretty good quality. it is south facing and sheltered becuase to the left of the border there is a timber fence.
double doors look out on to this border too

i'm looking for ideas of what to plant and i would love if posters posted their 'must-haves' in a border

currently, the only things i have in mind are...a photinia and a phormium for height at the back. i love lavender too and maybe some ornamental grasses. i will also plant some herbaceous perennials, i love dahlias and rudbeckia
i also want to plant bulbs in the autumn for daffodils and tulips for next spring. i plan on putting a seating area nearby so would love ideas for pretty and fragrant plants/shrubs
looking forward to your ideas!!
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Verbena bonariensis for height and will bring in butterflies. Many hardy geraniums to choose from, good for fronts of borders.
I love the thalictrums, and if you put foxgloves in once, they'll seed themselves and you'll have them every year. Crocosmia Lucifer for wonderful vertical leaves and rich red flowers. Try to get a contrast of soft hummocky shapes and more dramatic upright ones.
Grasses are great woven in amongst the perennials.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Aine,If you want to throw caution aside and start a new Trend try the following,
Sweet Peas climbing on a Wig-Wam of Poles.{you decide how many}
surrounded by perennial Delphiniums -Lupins and Annual Cornflowers and Marigolds.The Bed is edged with Chives and Strawberries.
Mexican Orange Blossom {Scented}
Rosemary {Aromatic}
Cistus Purpureus{Aromatic evergreen Shrub}
Euphorbia Myrsinites {Drapes itself over the edge of raised Bed}
Sweet Williams{Scented}
Heliotropium Peruvianum{Plant beside a seat to appreciate its Scent}
Cosmos Atrosanguineus {Smells of Chocolate}
Lily-of-the-Valley {Lovely Scent in Spring}
Blend in these with your list and you will be dizzy with Scents and Aromas.
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aine
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow thanks sive and germanm! fantastic ideas. i have googled all of thema nd have seen photos. all i need to do now is buy them and get sowing!
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your welcome,but before you go mad Planting dont forget to position each Plant according to size IE height -spread -etc, when you purchase them a lot look alike and you could end up planting low at the back and high at the front,read each plants instructions carefully.I usually lay 3 or 4 strings {depending on how many rows you want } along the bed and place the Pots on the strings according to size,then when your happy with the positioning get your Finger-nails dirty,Good luck.

Dave. PS.its as easy as putting down Paving Slabs.
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ha ha dave...i only laid a couple of stepping stones so i'm no expert paver yet Very Happy
great advice re placing the shrubs...appreciate it
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Modesty,
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