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By tully1


Any ideas how to finish off my front garden, we have sleepers either side, which has wild flowers in, an purple slate on the outside, it looks very bland, we get the sun on it when it shines.thank you.

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Perhaps you could grow some smallish climbers in a large pot to grow up the wrought iron....maybe a clematis(protected at the bottom from the sun) or even annual climbers next year like Ipomea (morning glory) or Cobaea Scandens that's if you like something growing up the fence or even fix some trellis to the wall of house and grow climbers up it!

11 Jul, 2013


What about some pots with plants in at the back standing on the purple slate to give some height, it looks a bit flat at the moment and the wall looks bare. Or Pauls idea of trellis and climbers to add interest.

11 Jul, 2013


I would put fresh Herbs in the little bed. Always useful to cut when you need them for cooking. Not expensive to buy at Garden Centres, they soon bush out to make nice plants.

11 Jul, 2013


A good idea would be to look through the goy photos, so many ideas

Climbers and small evergreen shrubs as a permanent structure, then look at year round colour, bulbs for spring, summer perennials etc...
You could have a colour theme, all soft pastels, or hot oranges and reds..........have fun planning it

11 Jul, 2013


Thank you for the ideas, my fence is only about 2ft, and we live at the bottom of a slope, so perhaps my photos don't do it justice, new to this.I like the idea of trellis on the wall, an is it better for the two beds to be the same or different.we put wild flowers in, but dont seem to be doing to well at the moment.I would like plants that stay in all year, and give colour.I was thinking of maybe rocks to go on the slate?.

11 Jul, 2013


Phlox or thrift ,heucheras to would be nice alpine plants.

And in autumn fill with dwarf spring bulbs.

Good luck ,look forward to watching progress.

11 Jul, 2013


This is looking good already. I too thought red and orange(not yellow) Heucheras which would give all year round colour and compliment the wood. If you wanted to add height in the centre of the bed a figure or bird bath?
I think a trellis to mimic the metal fence would look good with perhaps a mirror behind it?
Beds planted the same or different is a matter of choice? it gives a more uniform look to formal beds which is not so easy to achieve in more informal planting.
I wonder about bright coloured shallow dishes filled with house leeks and grit to sit on the slate.

11 Jul, 2013

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