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Side of house - inspiration needed

imageJust looking for inspiration for an area by the side of the house. Only idea we have is to put a shed down there but we are not desperate for one so if anybody has better ideas that would be great. It faces mainly north east so doesn't get much sun and because of the house will be in shade most of the day. Any help or ideas would be great. 

Last edited: 06 November 2017 08:33:11


  • No access is required down the side of house. The drive on the other side provides the access. So basically it's just a dead end.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586

    mirror on the end fence, battery fairy lights, brighten up the area, shingle, maybe white chippings,glass, shade loving plants with light leaves, some of the hostas?

  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

     That little path way looks very dry and shady. I have been growing this plant  under my front window which is very much over shadowed and very dry . It is on really poor soil,  builders dust really.

    I searched for this as a variety that would grow under there . Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety' cranesbill .image

    It has a very neat habit, I control it by cutting it hard down each spring with a hedge trimmer.  I have transferred some cuttings to put under the fence at the bottom of the garden it's  really good ground cover. The leaves do get an attractive colour and pink flowers as shown .


    Mine needs cutting back  a bit before it takes over the path .

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • Fantastic ideas, please keep them coming.

  • oooftoooft Posts: 191

    I like little spaces like that. If it were mine I would make a sitting nook. I am very fair skinned and scurry around in the shadows in summer, that site would be perfect for me. I would  get hanging baskets up on the wall above the fence line so they get plenty of light and i'd make sure i put something with a nice scent in them. I'd find a clematis or two that is tolerant of the aspect and grow it up the fence. I'd probably paint the fence a nice colour and string some wire back and forth between the wall and the fence for hanging a fairy light canopy on. You could fit a garden arm chair and footstool in there and maybe a little shelf for a drink? You have some nice planters there. You could rotate plants that are happier in better light, taking them in and out so that you always have something lovely there.

    If you have kids you could make it into a den for them.

  • SussexsunSussexsun Posts: 1,444

    I would put a small path or stepping stones and Plant shade loving alpines around it also with some interesting shaped rocks and maybe at the end put some ferns and or a small seat.

    i would also fix some hang baskets to the wall and fence and again file with small ferns, vinca and viola.

    To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

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