Hi everyone, Im new to the forum & gardening! And need some advice on what to plant.

I recently moved into a new house and the garden was dead, completely overgrown (upto my waist!!) But its all been cut down and this is what it revealed.....

I have now put sleepers in to box the turf in and added a pond....

 as you can see Ive placed one or two plants around the pond, but I need alot more, Can you suggest any that arnt too expensive that would take up more space and survive the winter months? 

Also any ideas on what I can do to the ugly breeze block wall?? Its an eyesore!!!

I want to create a little paradise ready for next summer image

Thank you in advance 





  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,218

    if you could manage it you could render that breeze block wall and paint it. If not, just paint.

  • That is an option, is there nothing I could grow up it?

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,472

    Hi Zoe, looks like you're doing a fine job!   You could paint the breezeblock wall with a masonry paint - there are a wide range of colours available which would make a nice backdrop for plantings.  I addition, mounting trellis on top could be useful for climbing plants.  I'm no expert on pond plants so will leave that for others.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,218

    what sort of soil have you got there Zoe? Is it very ehavy and sticky or was it easy to dig.

    and which way does the wall face

  • My garden is in the sunshine all day, the soil is heavy, there is very little shade from the wall if that answers your question?

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,087

    I'd paint the wall then put up some trellis then plant clematis. There's a good site that tells you all about them here

  • Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

    I'd paint the wall then put up some trellis then plant clematis. There's a good site that tells you all about them here

    Wow those flowers are lovely! 

  • Janet 4Janet 4 Posts: 63

    The important thing is not to be frightened to experiment. Once you get the gardening bug, there is never enough room for all the plants you want to put in. I have a big slug problem, so anything too tasty ends up in large pots, as the bees and butterflies don't mind where they are. Go to gardens in ALL seasons, look online, walk in older type properties. See what you like and ask questions of the onsite gardeners and staff as to what conditions they like. What about a trellis, or make something with old wood. Train climbers up it, or espalier fruits. Plant a shrub or tree. I could go on and on!!!

  • DiddydoitDiddydoit Posts: 803

    Hi Zoe,Why not turn it into a living wall you can buy them on ebay,amazon and so on,

  • DiddydoitDiddydoit Posts: 803

    If not,then plant it up with honey succle,clematis ( using varieties that flower at different intervals).They grow quickly also. you can also use evergreen varieties to cover it.

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