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ashley13ashley13 Posts: 162
Hi my name's Ash, im 41 from North Wales.   I'm disabled and use a wheelchair, im having a raised bed to plant flowers.   The bed is going to face south so it'll get the sun around noon, im having trouble deciding which plants are good for partial shade to plant up in spring?  I need to know the spread and height please?    Thank you.  

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  • tessagardenbarmytessagardenbarmy York,North YorkshirePosts: 346
    Hi Ashley.  Why not plant spring bulbs the foliage will die  down as other plants grow up round them? 
    I volunteer a centre for adults with learning  disabilities  some  of whom are in wheelchairs.  We've just designed  wedge shaped raised planters so you can get chairs right in to the sides.  We grow lots of annuals for the flowers which we dry and use to decorate  cards,wrapping paper,candles etc which we sell in our shop.
    What are you wanting?Annual flowers or stuff that comes up every year. Favour colours etc. Or are you want to grow some  fruit and veg?
  • ashley13ashley13 Posts: 162
    Perennials ideally.   I'm not sure what though, from pots i think then i'll transfer them from the small tubs to the raised bed, if you know what i mean.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,406
    I think plants which prefer partial shade might struggle in a south facing raised bed, unless there's soemthing nearby creating shade like a shed, or fence etc.
    It would also help to know the dimensions of the bed. :)

    Having said that, Agastaches and Salvias would be fine, and the spring bulbs mentioned would grow happily alongside, and in amongst those. Most hardy geraniums would also cope. They're very easy. Lychnis and Geums would also work. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,482
    I always think that raised beds are particularly suited to alpines ... don’t know whether you’ve considered specializing in one sort of perennial Ashley, but there’s a huge number of alpines to choose from 

    There’s a demonstration by Joe Swift and Carol Klein here https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/diy/how-to-create-a-raised-bed-for-alpines/
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  • ashley13ashley13 Posts: 162
    I bought a plastic grow table, i've got stones for drainage and i've got compost so all i need now is an idea from you as to what flowers to plant in a partial shade area?   I want to plant hardy perennials, my brother who's helping me keeps asking me what im going to plant, which flowers and i say i don't know.  HELP!
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,657
    Fairygirl said,
    Agastaches and Salvias would be fine, and the spring bulbs mentioned would grow happily alongside, and in amongst those. Most hardy geraniums would also cope. They're very easy. Lychnis and Geums would also work. 
    Hi Ashley, have a look at Fairygirl's answer that l have quoted above. You can give your brother these names  :)
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