pokhimpokhim Posts: 208

Hi All,

I'm fairly new to the gardening side. I recently did some landscaping, put a nice wooden sleeper border over freshly laid new turf. The garden is however looking a bit bare.

I have a SE facing bed sees sunlight in the morning and then shade in the afternoon, I think we call this partial shade. I think it's a sandy / stoney soil and I've ordered a PH tester to see the acidity.

My question is have plants are suitable for different soil types on the same bed, if for example I mulch in some localised compost. I really want to plant some purple thistles to get some butterflies into the area, but I'm also interested in other plants which like good quality soil..


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    If it were only so simple to put a blob of compost in one part of the garden and a different blob in another. Unfortunately, the rain, the wind,the worms and the birds all conspire to mix everything up and you end up back where you started only a lot poorer. 

    The best idea is to find out what type of soil you have and then buy plants that like that type of soil. If you want to beat nature at her own game, you can grow unsuitable plants in pots, isolated from the surrounding, natural conditions, in bought-in compost.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,062

    This is a south east facing border, it has some of everything in there, it all grows together, I have never really bothered about what goes where. I only started this garden in 2012, from seeds and cuttings.

    There is Echinops, rudbeckias, roses, cleome, sweet william, primulas, sweet peas, echium, clematis, honeysuckle, a potato climber, cornflowers, wallflowers, achillia,montbretia, dahlias,sea hollie, anturinum,echinachea, verbena bon, guara, and lots more that I cant remember. Plenty there for bees and butterflys.


    In the Spring and early summer it was full of foxgloves, lupins,  delphiniums, and others.

    I have never tested the soil, I put lots of home made compost on in the winter and had some bark chippings that went on last year. 





     Early summer




     Sorry posted same pic twice!

     in 2011 this was a mini pine forest, 30ft tall conifers, so you can acheive a lot in a small time if you really want to go for it.




    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Carol 13Carol 13 Posts: 30

    Wow Lyn thats amazing!!

    We moved in early May and seem to spend lots of time walking round garden centres and coming home empty handed!

    Afraid of making expensive mistakes!

    Well done,


  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736

    Lyn, what a fantastic garden in a short space of time. i wish I had your talent. Must admit I've also never tested soil - trial and error and accept losses when the garden says no.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..marvellous work there Lyn....

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,104

    Missed this when it was first posted - but had to add (belatedly) - your garden is stunning Lyn, so colourful and full and burstiing with life.  I love it ~!!

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
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