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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the advise. I took up the concrete strip between path and wall. I'm going to grow climbers along wall on galvanised wire. I chose star jasmine, honeysuckle, passion flower and solanum glasnevin. Will need to dig in a lot of compost too. I might put in a few arches along path next spring and grow climbers over other side too. Think this might look quite nice. Would like suggestions of some flowers/shrubs to plant along the strip too. I was thinking camellias and azaleas as soil is slightly acidic.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might be too dry for both of those and Camellia can get pretty big. Also they are glorious in flower but a little dull for the rest of the year. In a small space you need plants with a long season of interest.

Can you post another pic, perhaps one from the house and one looking back at the house. It would help get a better idea of the space, and make a note of the time of day you took the picture. I'll get thinking Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I'll dry get another photo. The wall gets sun from 12pm right up til late evening so I guess could grow perennial and spring flowering bulbs. I was thinking a pyracantha would be nice in any bare patches too. Its only one foot deep but is about 30 foot long from what I can remember.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant one foot wide Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pyracantha a are very jaggy plants to grow beside a path and you would be constantly pruning. There are loads of plants that aren't fussy about the soil ph. But be careful,if you do plant lime-haters in a space like that because the concrete and mortar used in building can leach lime into the soil and the plants may well suffer. I speak from experience!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GG is right there. Our garden was part of the bog (about 70 years ago). But I can't grow Camellias and a blue hydrangea I bought turned pink the following year. I couldn't understand it until the lady whose family home this was told me 'daddy used to lime the soil to grow veg'. That was 40+ years ago. Once the lime is there you are stuck with it.

Still, there are LOADS of other plants you can grow. Smile

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