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Ideas please

I'm not an experienced gardener and would really welcome some advice.
Lockdown gave me the chance to work on my garden, but I've struggled with this particular bed and am not sure what to do.
I would like some ground cover plants for both summer and winter, along with keeping some colour.
The soil is claggy and stony, with the occasional area of good ground, and a strip of very hard compressed soil.
My current plants include:
Phlox, Monarda, Delphinium, Dianthus, Physostegia, Coreopsis, Sedum, Peonies, Lupins, Rudbeckia, Helianthumum, Iris, Calibrachoa, Anemone and Geraniums.
I'm reluctant to plant too far down the bank due to the flooding we get every year.
I live in Cumbria, therefore conditions can be wet.
(My wife tells me to be patient but I see alot of bare ground and many more days spent weeding !)
Thanks for your comments.


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    edited August 2020
    A creeping juniper or similar covers a lot of ground if as your wife advises you are patient.
    You can get herbaceous clematis that will scramble.
    Sorry but I don't know if my suggestions would be suitable for your plot though.
    I also wonder if you could scatter some flower seeds although it's not quite the right time.
    I always recommend as they have a good search filter.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,416
    Personally I would plant native shrubs, bare root, in the middle, and seed with a suitable wildflower mix!

    If you want more traditional garden planting, I would plant fairly large flowering shrubs towards the bottom and middle, and have perennials, peonies, roses etc in a strip closer to the fence (may as well plant them where you can see them well!)
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