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I am going to be spending 6 months in Normandy with (non-gardening) friends and am determined to bring some colour to their garden in the time I have there (and hopefully leave a legacy that they could easily carry on!). I will be going May-October, there is about 1/2 acre and the soil is clay, the climate is similar to S/W England. The price of plants over there is high, so my starting point is annual seeds, and some biannuals/perennials. I would be grateful for any advice.


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 6,818
    Hello Helen  :)
    Do you have any particular colour scheme in mind ? Also, is it sunny or shady site ?
  • Hi AnniD. Colour isn't important, and the garden is mainly West facing (I think!) but is quite large so has both sunny and shady parts. It is a flat expanse of lawn mainly with a few buddleias along one fence and a couple of small (new) fruit trees
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 6,818
    With such a blank canvas, l would suggest you maybe have a look at Chiltern seeds website (other seed companies are available !).
    They have all the usual seeds plus some more unusual ones,  both annuals and perennials.

    The problem you might have with clay soil, is that it may well require some improvement before you start to sow
    I'm sure others will have advice! 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 21,583
    Try local markets when you get there and some of the garden centre chains will have trays of annuals, biennials that won't break the bank - France Rurale, Gamm' Vert, Ma Campagne and even the big supermarkets have trays of plants tho often in a sorry state.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,456
    Do you have their permission and agreement for you to alter their gardens ?
    Never change Tigers in Mid Stream
  • Thanks Obelixx, I will check out local markets, but I was hoping to spend as little as possible, seeds being the cheapest. I was thinking of taking some cuttings from my garden with me but I am not sure it's allowed! (Introducing British bugs into Normandy)
  • NewBoy2 said:
    Do you have their permission and agreement for you to alter their gardens ?
    Hi NewBoy2. Yes I do have permission!
  • GranniegardenerGranniegardener KentPosts: 23
    I forgot I'd posted this, in what seems like another century and world! 
    We never did get to France, so...
    Maybe next year!
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