Forum home› Plants

Planting advice please

Tayside2Tayside2 Posts: 21
Hello , me again 🙄
So my project is going really slowly , mainly due to the relentless rain fall .
However , I have been collecting plants for the past 6 weeks & need to get them in the ground & now that the fencing above the wall is up & the borders are in place I can start to plant 🤸🏻‍♀️🤸🏻‍♀️🤸🏻‍♀️ Also , as my garden has looked like a tough mudders course for weeks I’m bursting to do something creative.
So I'm after two pieces of advice from you more accomplished & experienced gardeners .
the first is ... I’ve had top soil delivered , should I nourish this by mixing compost into the top soil before planting or is fish blood & bone mixed into the planting hole sufficient - or should I do both 🤷‍♀️ I feel that I should do something but don’t want to meddle unnecessarily.
The second question is ... I’m going to plant climbers intermittently along the borders hoping to have them scramble along the fence ( I’ve tried to show this in the second picture ) I have a variety of clematis, jasmine,honeysuckle etc but I’m not sure as to the best way to encourage them upwards , once planted some of them won’t reach as far as the fence. Should I attach a fan shape trellis to the fence & train them up that or should I attach wires from the wall upwards or is there a better way ?
I hope that the photos help , I appreciate all feedback as well as advice as I’m a total novice . Many thanks x


  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,452
     I hate to throw a spanner in the works..BUT  is the fence yours?
    The supports appear to be on the back of the wall indicating it belongs to your neighbour.
    They may not be happy to have plants all over their fence.
    You will not be allowed to put hooks/wires on it to train it.

    A friend had this trouble .
    It ended up getting very nasty/solicitors letters and a move out.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,286
    That being the case, you could erect a trellis on your side of the fence and the plants will happily climb up it. If your neighbour is not happy for the trellis to be supported by the fence then you will have to support it using posts. Your neighbour is entitled to trim anything that encroaches into their garden.
    Of course you could just have a word with them and see if they are happy for their fence to be used as a climbing fame for your plants.
  • Tayside2Tayside2 Posts: 21
    The fence is our construction along a shared wall . We are on great terms with our neighbours & we 100% discussed its inception with our neighbours prior to erection . The posts have been secured on the dividing wall & we are paying for all.the work We will have the fence we want on our side & they can attach their fence trellis preference on their side - very cordial , no drama
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,286
    Brilliant. And may I say, the fence has a certain dramatic quality that is very attractive.
    As to encouraging the plants to climb, you can tie them into wires which won't obscure the wall. A trellis would add too much visual clutter.

  • Tayside2Tayside2 Posts: 21
    Oh thank you , that link is really helpful. I did think wires would be the less obtrusive option but wanted some reassurance I was on the right track . The fence has really made it a cosy courtyard space , I was a bit concerned that the budget rough timber would look like pallets but once painted it was reassuringly “ok” !!!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,134
    edited August 2019
    I think @Tayside2 has done two identical threads - it's explained fully on the other one  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I like your fence very much,would love to have that look on top of my stone wall.If you've recycled pallets well done.😊
    The whole truth is an instrument that can only be played by an expert.
  • Yeah it looks really good. I hope that goes well.
Sign In or Register to comment.