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Hi Everyone

This past month my garden has been levelled and turfed. It's now down to me to plant up the borders and I am not really sure where to start.

So far I think I want to climb some jasmine on the fence to break it up.

I'd like to stick to a colour scheme of whites and purples and was thinking, hydrangeas, lavenders, erysimums, and salvias. I'd like some ideas of what sort of evergreen shrubs I could mix in so it's not completely bare in winter.

It's a south west facing garden with a neutral soil.

Any advice gratefully received.



  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,591
    Hi and welcome to the Forum.
    First thing: is the fence yours? If not, as your neighbour before attaching anything to it.
    It doesn't look super strong to me and I'd be careful about putting much weight on it. 
  • The fence is the neighbours but the previous owner of our house paid half and they are happy for us to do what we want. I am going to attach wires to the post which are concreted in so hopefully not too much weight on the panels themselves.
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    What a transformation!
    For me the fence would have to have clematis, there are lots of white or purple varieties.
    As to evergreen shrubs eleagnus is adaptable and if you get the plain green one it does look slightly silvery which would work well.
    The best borders have the same plants repeated down the length.
    Others have suggested looking a border packs on Crocus for ideas but buy elsewhere as they are good plants but more expensive.
    The only negative about your design is the fact you have lovely curves one side but straight edges the other.
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