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I like planters with lots of different colours of flower. Narstursiums are good climbers and give lost of lovely flowers. Check out garden centres, B&Q, Homebase and the supermarkets as they are selling of summer stock to make way for autumn stock. And if still too expensive you may get some ideas to do your own.

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Okay I'm not the best of gardeners (don't have a garden!) but I'm pretty sure my parents have something called a laviteria or something like that which is a good bushy plant :-)

Sorry I'm not good on the advice, when I had a garden I tended to grow veggies in pots, even grew cucumber against a fence and protected them with a sheet of plastic. It was lovely having pots of onions, tomatoes, lettuce and of course herbs and yes its cheaper to buy them from the supermarket then plant them out. Good luck - your garden plot is a nice size and already has interesting areas in the way of paved areas :cheese:

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Hi Liz,

Great potential there, and it can all be low maintenance with the right plants. Your front garden is begging to become a prairie inspired garden...you already have the wild poppies. Add in some grasses - you want Zebra grass for height and structure, quaking grass for sound and vision, some coreopsis (pretty daisies but funky colours)...throw in a few plants with good seed heads, like cone-flowers and teasels and maybe some alliums (although you'd plant them in autumn) for winter structure. You'll need to put a few feature stones in amongst the gravel, and you could plant in some ground cover succulents too, it would look amazing. As for the back...well! You could do with some fast climbers to cover your trellis. I would recommend Trachelospermum Jasminoides (an evergreen climber with jasmine-scented white flowers in summer), Clematis Armandii (evergreen clematis with white flowers in winter) which are both really easy to look after as you don't have to prune them. To cover your fence I would put a series of eyelets and wire, and then again you can grow climbers - try a honeysuckle and rambling rose combination - gorgeous scent and colour. The area where you have buried some of your pets would look stunning as an alpine garden, build it up with larger stones and gravel, then plant creeping thyme, pinks, rock roses, some succulents and maybe a few primulas and auriculas, all of which like good drainage. You don't mention your soil type, so I've suggested plants which are fairly universal - not fussy!

Hope you find some of these ideas useful, and if there are specific things you need, let me know - I'm an ex garden centre plant specialist, and my hubby used to be a landscaper before health forced him to stop...

Nice to meet you by the way!

Dee

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Hi Liz, you've got loads of advice there.

 

In my case I've little or no time for watering planters, pruning shrubs etc. so we rely on bulbs to bring year round colour to the garden.

Wait till August/Sept and the garden centres will be bulging at the seams with all manner of bulbs that flower at different times.

 

I would plant a small weeping tree in the corner, or as a centrepiece, maybe a weeping cherry with those divine confetti like pink flowers that dance accross the grass.

 

You will have a small bit of work to do to plant the bulbs - the best way we found was to lift the sod with a spade - backbreaking stuff as you have to 'slide' the spade just under the surface of the grass. Once you've rolled back the sod plant away! It's more effective than digging individual holes, and you just roll the grass back into position afterwards and water it.

 

The bulbs will naturalise over time and multiply every year. Try buying bulbs that flower in succession eg. snowdrops, crocus, narcissus, daffodils, crocosmia, gladioli. There are dozens of varieties.

 

As someone else mentioned Nasturtiums are the fools flower as in they grow for anyone and they grow anywhere, even on the poorest of soils. Also they self seed, so even if you forget to drop one into the clay here and there in the spring, chances are some seeds are still there from last summer and you will have a good display anyway :)

 

Good luck x

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