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By Aitchw

Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

Edge of border ideas? A border in my garden is approx 40 feet long. It gets the sun from first thing in the morning, until about 1pm. Due to some conifers (which are now finally chopped down) there isn't a great deal growing. We have recently put up a greenhouse and made some raised beds, so will have plenty to do!! What do you suggest I plant along the edge of the border that will attract bees/butterflies but won't take toooo much looking after? I like lavender, but don't think it looks attractive when it gets neglected. I know there isn't a quick solution, unless I have endless supplies of dosh, but does anyone have any ideas??



Lavender munstead dwarf would be great, but you're right, you'd have to remember to trim it over at the right times. Otherwise, Campanula muralis, helianthemums, Iberis sempervirens, Oreganum aureum (herb and yes you can cook with it, makes a great yellow patch all summer long), Hebe Green Globe, Hebe 'youngii', Geranium 'Wargrave's Pink', Liriope, Ophiopogon nigrescens and even Heucheras may do well there, there should be enough shade.

28 Apr, 2010


Bamboo. I like herbs. A few years ago, we had some rosemary bushes in the garden, but I became 'bored' with them and dug them up! I cringe now when I think of it! How often do you have to trim the lavender munstead dwarf, as I could 'manage' once a year!

28 Apr, 2010


Hmm well, I do it twice - once after the first main flush of flowers is over, and then again in September, or thereabouts, cutting off some leaf as well to keep a good shape. And your rosemary would probably have got too big - none of them are small plants, so don't feel badly about it!

28 Apr, 2010

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