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Blank Canvas Flower Bed - Don't know where to start

Having had over 20 awful trees from my front garden, I am left a little clueless about what to do. As you can see from the picture, I have a sloped patch, with a road behind it, so need to maintain the slope so as not to undermine it. I have had some sleepers added - more to split it up.

The width is around 10 m wide, with a slope of around 1.4 m top to bottom and it's 2.2m front to back. It's a south west facing bed, so gets a good number of sunny hours. 

It's on the drive, so is the first thing we see when we get home. Ideally I would like colour most of the year around, but with the space, I really don't know where to start, other than looking at rambling roses and clematis for the top section near the fence. 

Any ideas would be great. 

Last edited: 27 June 2017 11:12:58


  • jpjnrjpjnr Posts: 5

    And I also seem to be not able to post a picture? Any help on that front?

  • jpjnrjpjnr Posts: 5


  • FireFire Posts: 17,338

    You say you had "over 20 awful trees from my front garden", could you say more? Why were they awful? What were they?

  • jpjnrjpjnr Posts: 5

    They were Leylandii. They had grown out of control and were cutting out too much light.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Basically you need to find out what you like. Go to a couple of local garden centres (if you take along your picture and go on a less busy day they should be able to give you lots of suggestions) and/or look in your neighbours gardens and/or look in your friends gardens and then do a little research either on the net or in books.

    If you have had trees in that space the ground will be a bit impoverished so dig in plenty of manure and compost. 

    I would go for shrubs on the bit nearest the fence line and then perennials in the bit closest to the drive. And of course some climbers along the fence. Perhaps 1 or two small trees as well .....

    You could start off just by buying some shrub and/or perennial collections from on line suppliers until in a few years you can then hone your likes/dislikes. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586

    Aspect NSEW? type of soil AND yes, what do you like?

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,932

    Hogweed's advice re garden centre is a good one,hopefully you have one nearby that has a really good advice section (they can be a bit hit and miss).As it's a sunny site that gives you plenty of options - do you want easy care plants or are you happy with ones that need a bit of looking after?

  • jpjnrjpjnr Posts: 5

    Happy to do maintenance around it. I was thinking of height at the back and perhaps ground cover at the front, with some lupins, lavender and possibly a small herb section front left. 

    I guess I was looking for some specific suggestions I might not have thought about. I have poppies, lupins, red hot pokers, etc in the back garden, alongside a budlia.

    Looking for inspiration from the experts!!

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,932

    Salvias ? Not the bedding ones, but shrubby ones such as Royal Bumble, or types like Carradonna. They do well in my sunny front garden.

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Don't forget the spring-flowering bulbs!  They'll be on sale in a couple of months.  I usually plant a little Daffodil called "tete-a-tete, it's widely available, and doesn't get flattened by the wind like the taller ones.

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