What to plant against a west facing wall?
Get your thinking hats on folks, I’d like some help please :o)
So, here’s the view from my lounge window, with my veggies being just out of shot to the left. I eventually got round to moving the compost bin into the sun (I know it should have been there from day one but hey ho) and now I’d like to brighten up the wall in the photo. Cue my request for help…
My back garden
To narrow down the options I have quite a few criteria :o) so let me tell you a bit more…
I would like to plant a strip about a metre wide along the wall, from the drain pipe to the fence. This photo was taken at 3pm and the lawn next to the fence never gets sunlight. The foot of the wall is in shade until midday and then shaded again in the evening by the shadow from the house (about 6pm in the summer). The far right hand corner is in the shade all day, every day.
One to please Spritz and Grenville – I’m not allowing myself any veggies. I figure if I’m going to give this flower malarkey a go I might as well do it properly.
I don’t want to spend a lot of money – is that always on everyones criteria? It’s just the one that gets forgotten at the garden centre :o). Anyway, we rent the house so we’re not sure how long we’ll be in it – things like water features etc… are unlikely to come with us next move and could be a big waste of money.
As you may have noticed, I am not the most conscientious of gardeners – plants that curl up and die at the slightest neglect are probably unsafe in my garden – I’m willing to give anything a go but suggestions for delicate plants might need to carry a warning.
My soil (quick flick through the encyclopaedia) seems to be silt-y, I think. There are lots of Rhododendrons near us which I’ve been told suggests alkaline soil (although I’ve never tested it).
It would be nice if there was something to keep the area green and interesting all through the year (but not the biggest issue).
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to suggest plants (or even an entire planting scheme) that would suit my little patch.
Oh, I almost forgot, we live in the South of England :o)
Thank you very much in advance for the help, and if there’s anything else I can tell you to help please ask in the comments.
My garden is in your hands…
- 20 Jul, 2008
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