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What plants would work in this area ?

Tiny01Tiny01 Posts: 72
I’ve a horrible little area at the edge of my drive that I’d like to brighten up a little , it’s west facing & sheltered as it’s between my house & next doors bungalow . 

The soil is a mixture of gravel / soil & the majority of the time it’s quite damp as any water runs off the drive into this area . 

Any advice on what type of plants to use in this area please ? 


  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Too narrow to plant anything of substance really. Pots or troughs would be better.
    Maybe some little viola bedding plants might brighten it up if you simply want a splash of colour for spring. 

    You need to be mindful of your neighbours property and not cover their air vents with any plants you put there. 
    Personally I'd not bother and just keep it tidy and weed free.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Ajuga will grow there, and so will Heucheras and Saxifrages, but Posy's right - you need to keep the vents clear, so perhaps leave that part free, and have a trough/large pot of some kind standing away from the wall a little.
    You could add crocus, snowdrops and small daffs for next winter/spring too, if the soil's damp.

    Is that bit your house, or the neighbour's?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,737
    Ophiopogum Planiscapus nigrescens would look ok there. 
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,527
    I personally wouldn't bother putting anything there except maybe some different gravel.It is too small a space really.Put more pots with colour on the opposite side?
    It does not look bad,quite neat really!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Tiny01Tiny01 Posts: 72
    Good morning thank you for all your suggestions . 

    I think that I will freshen up with some new gravel maybe the same colour as my driveway & then add a couple of narrow troughs / planters for some colour 
    hopefully that will work well , just need to be a bit careful for next doors air vents & not to stick out to far as that’s where I reverse my van into place . 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,432
    I would brighten up that little border very cheaply with about 3 trays of bedding begonias, annuals for the summer, from May to Oct..  you could do the usual winter violas after that..   I like to use all the same colour.. they won't get in anybody's way or obstruct anything.. and they're not fussy about conditions..
    East Anglia, England
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