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I need design idea for my garden


My house has a fence and there's a space to put some plants of flowers but its too much rocks underneath. I tried planting different flowers and it all died. Beside the fence is a giant pine tree. Can you please help me to have some ideas what to plant or how to make the side of my house beautiful?



Last edited: 22 June 2017 06:47:02



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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Difficult combination.  The plants that are happy in shallow stony soil tend to like sunshine, and if this area isn't shaded by the house, that pine tree will cast dense shade.  I'd try ferns and/or ivy.  Ivy needn't be sombre, there are lots of variegated varieties, of which "Gold heart" is justly popular.  Mature ivy is good for wildlife.

  • chrissieB says:

    Hi, couple of questions so we can make hopefully useful suggestions

    How much sun, if any, does it get and at what time of day?

    When you say rocks, do you mean it's stoney or that the soil is sitting above rubble/real rock - if the latter how deep is the soil?

    You say your plants died - what sort of plants did you try (that might help indicate what the soil is like)?

    And last question, promise - how long and wide is the bed, it's very hard to judge sizes from a photo 

    Thanks Roseandaya

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    It gets sun from 9 am to 12 pm. After that its all shade because of the tree and the house. Not so much soil above when you dig its all rocks at the bottom. I plant annual plants before because i didnt knew that it will be good for stoney rocks. here's how it looks like. It has a lot of weed now that I need to clean. 

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  • Thank you so much for all the ideas you gave to me appreciate it. 

  • One more question if I plant delosperma cooperi Ice plant will it work too?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,168

    I think Delosperma needs more sun than you have in that area. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Hi

    Try Hydrangea anomala petiolaris or Parthenocissus tricuspidata on the fence with Epimediums, ferns and hostas below.

    Set up a drip hose, use organic matter / fertiliser and mulch

  • Helen379Helen379 Posts: 2

    One plant that I have been able to grow almost everywhere, dry shade, sun, damp areas, is Geranium Macrorhizum, which spreads into a carpet of green, with either white, pink or magenta flowers for quite a while in the summer.  Great for ground cover and on difficult slopes, it is my "go to" plant for places where nothing else will grow.  I have it planted along a back shady fence along with Euphorbia Robbiae for contrast, and a Bergenia in a nice clump with pink flowers too.  All very easy to grow in almost all soils.  Good luck with your project!  And let us know what you decide to put in!

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