What would you put here?!

This is a bed in the front garden. It’s west facing but the house is to the west. At the moment it’s got hellebores, dicentras, pittosporum, lots of roses and hydrangeas. I need something in the middle. What Royle you suggest? A hydrangea for balance? 
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  • ThankthecatThankthecat North DevonPosts: 377
    Can't see a photo Liz :(
  • Liz WarnerLiz Warner Posts: 198
    Thank you 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,108
    It looks good to me.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 3,178
    I would suggest something a bit taller to balance the two cherry trees and perhaps also with spiky or upright spires to offset the other clumps. Nothing springs to mind immediately but I'll keep thinking!
  • Liz WarnerLiz Warner Posts: 198
    I could put something in a pot to give some height? I’ve got some mock oranges (normal size and compact) going spare? 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 2,906
    It looks like you have a lot of small plants already placed in the borders, not sure what they are but looks like they will grow taller soon. I don't think you need to do much. The borders seem quite narrow anyway. Trying to create height in the middle can seem a bit too formal and busy. I think in this instance less is more. 
  • What beautiful trees.  <3

    Maybe a multi stem specimen tree with interesting bark that could look amazing in the winter setting sun, set forward in the border with mass underplanting filling the whole semi circle grass area. Like Tibetan Cherry. Prunus serrula tibetica (Taihaku) or Acer griseum paper bark maple.   

    I've got the Acer griseum in a similar position to you and the sun shining through it looks so beautiful, it changes all through the day and all through the year. x.  and then you've got the stunning back drop with the blossom
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 20,393
    If it were mine, I'd lose all the grass and plant the whole bed. 
    I'd think it a nuisance to have to get the lawn mower out to cut that bit. 
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 23,765
    I'd agree with Hosta - bit of a faff to cut that strip and it would give you more scope, but I'd also agree it's quite a slim plot so if you wanted anything in there it would need to be narrower verticals like Japanese anemones or foxgloves. A bigger area would allow room for Acteas which make an upright clump, but they would get a bit big for it as it is currently. 
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  • It looks like you have a lot of small plants already placed in the borders, not sure what they are but looks like they will grow taller soon. I don't think you need to do much. The borders seem quite narrow anyway. Trying to create height in the middle can seem a bit too formal and busy. I think in this instance less is more. 
    I'd agree.
    Lots of it looks newly planted, some with labels still on. If you would like to brighten it up more for spring then some bulbs will help. Otherwise I would leave it for a season or two and keep everything well mulched.
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