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Complete Novice! Advice appreciated!

Hi All

Firstly, to introduce myself.
My name is Anna and I live on the sunny Isle of Wight with my husband, we have lived in our first home for 2 years now and have thoroughly renovated the inside, leaving the garden in its natural state! We're finally about ready to tackle it!
Unfortunately, unlike my mum, I was not blessed with green fingers, but my husband and I are both keen to learn!
We have just put up a shed, so I think I'd like to start with some plants on and around this.
One end of the shed faces the house and is North Westerly facing, I have the idea of fitting a trellis and planting some kind of climber in a couple of long rectangle pots, and also fit some half-moon baskets under the windows of the shed that face south easterly.

What sort of climbing plant would do well on a northeasterly wall that can be potted, and what plants in baskets, trailing or not would do well in facing southeasterly?

Apologies for my ignorance with terminology etc, I am a complete novice with gardening in every sense of the word, but as I said, we're both looking forward to spending some time outside and getting the garden up and running!

We're also going to dig up our lawn and plant grass seed as quite a lot of the grass has been destroyed during renovations!

Thanks for your help.


  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,865
    Hi @annamayjones27 and welcome to our forum. I know we have some active Isle of Wight residents on the forum, which might be in the best position to advise (and maybe visit... after the pandemy is over).
    Do you have pics of your house/garden?
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,846
    Just a thought before going ahead with anything, what about looking after the shed? It may need painting /preservative every few years, and if the plants are fixed to the shed that would mean cutting them all down to do this. Maybe plants that naturally die back would give the opportunity to do maintenance during the winter.😁
    Keep asking questions and we will be glad to help, welcome to the forum @annamayjones27
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