Bay window planting and wall climber
peroroncino Posts: 74
edited April 2021 in Plants
After my previous discussion about landscaping my driveway I spoke to the council and ended up having to rethink my plans. In order to meet the hardstanding width requirements I have to settle for a fence as a divider.
This however gives me an opportunity to utilise other spaces in my front garden such as under my windows and the wall above them. It faces north-east so what could I grow in containers? I could break up the slabs in the outlined area which gives me a 2 ft width but ideally I'd like to avoid harder work!
The under-window height is about 2-3 ft so something(s) to grow up to that is ideal. Perhaps something scented so its fragrance wafts in when the windows are open in summer and/or something for the sparrows too
My wall has been re-rendered and what was previously a lovely white is now a dull grey so I'd like to grow a climber on it via a trellis or wires. This would either be in a container or directly in the ground. First choice is pyracantha as it's evergreen and has lovely berries. Star jasmine is another contender but I'm not so sure it will flower much due to the aspect. What else could fit?
I've had a look at the Ealing Front Gardens Project for some inspiration too.
Reckon it's possible to cover up all the grey bits around the windows including the top ones?
In terms of scent, you could use the pots by the door eg sarcococca, spring bulbs, scented annuals.
As piano player says you can't grow a climber up a narrow wall without a lot of pruning and then to get it to fill out under your bedroom windows would take a lot of training and a plant in a pot wouldn't be able to sustain that growth.
Ivy would work but clings to render and might cause damage it if there are any slight cracks.
How lucky you are to have sparrows in your garden but do you think they would come so close to the house?
You might consider a long deep trough under the window with plants suggested, plus heucheras for year round colour, for summer colour fibrous begonias and busy lizzies cope with shade plus small hostas, add some trailing ivy over the edge.
Yes I was hoping I could save some money by not painting the render since I saw no point in doing that if I was going to be covering it anyway, I blame myself for not knowing about coloured render I'll put the pyracantha/climber in the ground for sure as you're right about a pot not being able to sustain it. The sparrows like to jump around the roses eating the ants and aphids and they sometimes come under the windows so I'm pretty sure they'll check out whatever I grow...I hope
Yep that's what I'm hoping to achieve up the side by using a vertical wire. The other self-clingers like ivy and hydrangea petiolaris are too risky imo.