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I'm trying to create a front garden which has a wall directly in front of the grounds, I have layed out my plan, would be open to suggestions regarding plants. i want low maintenance plants, srubs and slow growing plants.



In sun or shade?

20 Apr, 2010


On the inside or outside of the wall? How deep is the bed (from wall to edge)?

21 Apr, 2010


I get the sun more in the day moving away early evening. I'm not too sure as some people say that my house is North facing. However I do get a lot of light all during the day.

Thanks for your advice,

21 Apr, 2010


Hi Tugbrethil,

Thanks for your response, I want to plant on the inside of the wall, as the wall enclose the property. The garden slops towards the house, its about 4ft tall with fencing on top. the sides are open, i want to plants around the edges and grass with a feature in the centre maybe a small flower tree and a lawn.

Can you also suggest what I should treat the soil with as i beleive the soil where i live has lime and a lot of stones, again I'm a biginner so be patient with me if I'm using the wrong terminology.

I like scrubs, and small trees, any plant that don't require much attention but look good, colours. however I do realise you can get carried away so trying to contain my control and stick to beginners plants.

I live in Beckingham, South London, if that helps

Await your reply.

21 Apr, 2010


I know Beckenham really well, or did do, I grew up pretty near there. As far as I recall, the soil wasn't particularly alkaline or limey, though I do remember lumps of chalk in the soil, so probably not great for acid loving plants!
If you're north facing, the only reason it matters is during the winter, when there will be no sun on the garden at all, and it will be colder than a southfacing one. Should be very sunny during the summer, just not actually on the house. You don't say how big the area is, so you will have to check out the following list to see what's a suitable size and what isn't:-
Choisya ternata, Euonymus varieties, Lavender, Fatsia japonica, Hebe varieties, in particular H. 'youngii', Spiraea Goldflame, Berberis thunbergii, Berberis darwinnii, Phormiums, Elaeagnus varieties, Sarcococca varieties, Forsythia, Ribes, Cotinus, Brachyglottis. Climbers: Lonicera (honeysuckle) Trachleospermum jasminoides. Then there's all the perennials such as Liriope, Campanula, Geranium, etc. Hope that's enough to be going on with.

21 Apr, 2010

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