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Suggest plants for my small raised bed please.


 
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 3:51 pm    Post subject: Suggest plants for my small raised bed please. Reply with quote

Hi,

I have just finished a raised bed and would like to set some nice plants for year round displays. I am a noob so I dont want to get the wrong plants and then regret it later on.

I am hoping some of the experts here can give me some guidance.

The bed is around 3 ft wide and about 11ft long.

It gets sun up until late evening.

Thanks



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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you want flowers or food? Or both? I'd do some bright lights chard, and callavo nero for winter grub. Maybe a tayberry or logan berry trained up for flowers and fruit. Cornflower and aquilegia always do well. Nasturtiums! Pretty, and all of it is edible. Maybe a couple of tumbling cherry tomatoes on the edge.
Just grow whatever you like. Most plants want to live. Weed out anything that dies, and next year it'll be fine.
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, should have mentioned.

Flowers/plants only. Not food. I am away from home a lot so tried and failed at the food thing due to lack of maintenance.
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Campanula, Aubretia, pinks along the edge all perinial
lupin, canterbury bells with gladioli in between
dahlias at the back
Then come September plant spring bulbs
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice lookin' bed..... How about adding a few flowering herbs into the mix...you never know you might get a chance to use them.... Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Along with Margo's suggestions, try some narines bulbs, some climbing sweet pea on a trellis at the back and some night scented stock thrown around the bed will supply a beautiful scent around the garden in the evening.

Post a photo when you have it done.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am thinking of putting 1 or 2 small fruit trees at the side of the bed (where the 2 off cuts of wood are in the pic. The garden shed is at the back of the furthest away offcut, so space is limited but I want to do away with that small area of grass which is wasted space otherwise.

I would like to know what small fruit bush I could grow here and if indee I could grow 2 varieties in the small space. I had a look in the garden centre yesterday but as they are all just young it's hard to tell how big they will get.

Any help is much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

colin79ie wrote:
I am thinking of putting 1 or 2 small fruit trees at the side of the bed (where the 2 off cuts of wood are in the pic. The garden shed is at the back of the furthest away offcut, so space is limited but I want to do away with that small area of grass which is wasted space otherwise.

I would like to know what small fruit bush I could grow here and if indee I could grow 2 varieties in the small space. I had a look in the garden centre yesterday but as they are all just young it's hard to tell how big they will get.

Any help is much appreciated.


Hi Colin,

How small a fruit bush?How about a dwarf tree?

Coronet do a lovely range of dwarf apple trees. They will grow between 5ft and 7ft high maximum.The first yr. we had 12 good sized apples on our Falstaff and James Grieve variety. This year there looks to be at least sixty apples on each tree.They are about 3ft to 4ft high at the moment.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks,

I was thinking more along the lines of a rasberry bush or similar but I dont know how big/wide they grow.

Failing that I will definitely look at the apple trees.
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