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LLMLLM Posts: 46

Hi all,

I'm looking for some inspiration for planting in this back border. Ideally perennials/self seeders that will keep all seasons of interest.

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It has clay soil and slightly shady, the back nearest the fence has no sun

Thanks in advance!

Last edited: 23 June 2017 19:44:17

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  • LLMLLM Posts: 46

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    Images here sorry. 

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    3rd time lucky...

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,422

    LLM, there's a problem today with uploading photos on the whole site.  Maybe they'll have sorted it by tomorrow...

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
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    Cheers, hopefully it will work by then! 

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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,531

    Sticking with easy things to grow: crocus and narcissus (bulbs) for early spring, some wallflowers and an attractive pot with tulips for April into May, oriental poppies or astrantia and camassia for May/early June. A climbing rose on the fence for June into July, underplanted with a hardy geranium. Replace the tulips with a dahlia in the pot for July and August/September along with a helenium or rudbeckia or shasta daisy, an aster  - 'Monch' perhaps - for September into October. A late flowering chrysanthemum for October into November. A winter flowering clematis to intertwine with the rose on the fence, some winter flowering pansies and a couple of evergreen shrubs, sarcococca for example, to give a little colour or scent in December and January.

    Or plant holly 'Blue Princess' (berries at Christmas), some crocuses (flower Feb and March), geum Totally Tangerine (March to November), geranium Rozanne (June to November), and you'll have it pretty much covered just with those.

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,422

    Winter jasmine would do well against the shady fence.

    Nice suggestions, Raisingirl!  

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,627

    If the back border is almost shady, I recommend the following that should keep a nice interest throughout the year. All these plants are reasonably easy to grow. Lamium Maculatum, Astilbes, Thalictrum Delavayi, Prunella Vulgaris, Tradescantia Andersonia, Japanese Anemones, Liriope Muscari, Helleborus Niger. Akebia Quinata will climb and has nice chocolate coloured flower and in autumn sometimes produce fruit.

  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553

    Climbers will not only add vertical interest, but will also search for the light.

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