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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:50 pm    Post subject: replant a garden border Reply with quote

I moved into a new house last year and want to change one of the beds. The photos below show the bed. I know nothing about flower beds so am keen to get suggestions. The bed gets full sun (faces directly south).

Panoramic pic of bed



bottom of bed


middle


top



I really like this cottage garden type look


In the "top" of bed photo, the gap between the two trees needs to be screened because the neighbour's bbq area is here and overlooks where we eat outdoors.

I'd like to leave the Camelia and also the tree in the bottom of the bed photo. Maybe also leave the hydrangea

I'll include a few rose bushes and I like flowers with tall flower spikes (foxgloves type flowers.

thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No pictures show up on my computer here
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's weird, photo's show on my phone and pc. Uploaded using photobucket.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can see them
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can see the pics fine. Unfortunately I don't know know anything about borders because I don't have borders or lawns. Anyway, someone will be along shortly to help.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Red hot poker, crocosmia, tall verbena (bonsaris). Fishermans wand. Anemone . Phlox, Penstemon . White foxgloves and pink ones etc
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evening Primrose? Cowslips? London Pride to fill gaps? Ice Plants? I could help with some of them if need be. Plenty in our garden.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Blowin - that's very generous. After googling, I particularly like the London Pride and Cowslips.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always ask why a gardener could help by giving you plants, Maybe they are invasive and they would like you to suffer too. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Very Happy Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage, how do you spell cynic? They do all multiply but are also easy to thin out.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you agree with my synopsis, you can give him Anenome, Lysmachia, Bugle, Foxgloves and Impatiens Grandiflora lovely plant. never need to visit a Garden centre again. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks to Blowin who gave me some plants and seeds yesterday - much appreciated
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome, CG. I think I'll gather up a handful of evening primrose seeds and toss them over Greengage's fence as he clearly hasn't mentioned them?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That border with the roses is quite glorious, but methinks you'd need a team of gardeners to keep it looking that good.

You say you would like roses? I've tried roses in a mixed border - they looked good for about 3 weeks every year and quite ugly for the rest. The only sort that I would recommend would be something like 'Roseraie de L'Hay'. It looks good even when not in flower and has good autumn colour, large, bright red hips and is very healthy. It grows to about 7', so would need to be at the back of the border.

The following are some plants I wouldn't be without. Yes, they can be a bit thuggish, but they are hardy, healthy, low maintenance and really lift my spirits. What more do you want?

The cowslip has a beautiful scent and attractive seedheads. The photo of the crocosmia doesn't do it justice. I have it growing with Verbena Bonariensis they really brighten up a rainy afternoon in September! That particular Astilbe has a much longer season than most and lovely autumn colour.

I have fresh seeds of the cowslip, if you would like some.



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