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Area needing some TLC

Hi Looking for some suggestions for brightening up this area within medium size garden . West facing also a walk through area. In the shade most of the time because of high walls and house. Maybe best to plant around edge's but not sure any thoughts on best plant options for troughs or similar planters for this area. Any suggestions welcome.


  • Peter553Peter553 Posts: 84
    Thanks for quick response and suggestions.
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    I'd add some hostas and heucheras in pots...and maybe a few roses in that bed. Not particularly an original suggestion but should help green it up.  ;)
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,266
    I'd be a bit cautious with a power washer on crazy paving, test it on a small piece first in case the mortar's loose.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,642
    You can buy stuff that you apply with a brush, be a good workout as it's not as easy as a power washer. You could maybe lift some of it and make flower beds, easier if it was laid on sand rather than mortar,  but it is doable. If you do decide to go for pots, the bigger the better, both for the plants and for making more of an impression. 
  • Peter553Peter553 Posts: 84
    Many to all for suggestions.
  • Peter553Peter553 Posts: 84
    Many thanks to all for suggestions :-)
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,266
    No problem, but please post an 'after' pic when done. Going back to AnniD's suggestion, you could use something like Patio Magic or Algon which you just dilute with water and apply with a watering can. Doesn't need rinsing either, takes a couple of days to brighten up. I find it less hard work than a power washer but it is more expensive.  
  • HouseFinchHouseFinch British Columbia, Canada (Zone 5)Posts: 327
    I second Lizzie27, please do post the afters :)
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,642
    There is stuff you can buy that supposedly targets the black spots, but the price 😮 !
    OH said it would be cheaper to buy a new patio, but somehow l think he was joking.....
  • Peter553Peter553 Posts: 84
    Cleaned patio what a big difference to previous pics maybe some pots around the edges would improve and break up the crazy paving.

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