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ZaraBZaraB Posts: 2

We have just built lots of decking and raised beds in our garden. The raised beds are the only space we have for flowers so I would like some bright and cheery plants and flowers. The beds are all well draining as they are full of broken slabs and tiles, with gravel on top and then the soil. Our garden is pretty sunny through most of the day. I am a garden novice so nothing too needy would be good. All suggestions very welcome! We also have a cat and a toddler if that makes any difference. Thank you!

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  • ZaraBZaraB Posts: 2

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    Here you can see the one bed in front of the grass and the others up against the back fence.

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    something climbing up the far fence to cover it up might be a good idea, something like honeysuckle or jasmine for scent, or you could do clematis but they don't really like growing in containers as the roots get too warm. you'd need to attach wires or trellis to the fence for them to clamber up.

    then maybe herbs for the beds, edible (if child or cat want to have a nibble its fine) and useful if you do a lot of cooking.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,731

    Honeysuckle very poinsous, and todlers do like to put stuff in their mouth,Till you know what you fancy,soil type aspect (NSEW, I would get thee down to a garden centre,nurser, get some summer bedding, cheap and cheerfl for this year.PS> my eldest is called Zara!

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,453

    Quite small planting spaces in those planters. Are they lined or can the roots get out into the soil?

    I'd go for plants that will fill out and flop over the edge, maybe something like Geranium 'Rozanne' or Geranium 'Ann Thompson'. Both start off from small crowns but gradually get to about a metre across over the summer, and they flower from late May onwards. Several of those with a couple of ornamental grasses would look good. Maybe add some box balls for evergreen interest and a contrast. Trachelospermum jasminioides (star jasmine) for the back fence if it's fairly sunny.

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639

    What is the orientation on the back raise borders? Also, is that a tree trunk on the right of the picture. If so, do you know what tree it might be?

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532

    Spring bulbs will be in the shops in 2-3 months.  Daffodils and crocuses will come back year after year, tulips and hyacinths tend to fade away in a couple of years. I usually plant a little Daffodil called "Tete a Tete" because I find the taller ones get flattened by the wind.  

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