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Replacement for Sweet Peas

The sweet peas are done and dusted now. They've been grown up against a fence approx 2m long and approx 9" wide. Any ideas of something to put in now to give us some late summer flowers?


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,833
    It's getting late to start anything from seed for flowers this year, so maybe have a look in the garden centre and see what takes your fancy. 9" wide is a narrow space though - did you mean 9' (that's about 1.5 standard fence panels)? If so that's a pretty big space and I'm not sure that anything planted now would cover it anytime soon.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Sorry Yes it is about a fence panel and a half. I meant 9" of soil across the length.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,081
    It's not a lot of depth/width though - 9 inches. That may be why your sweet peas are already finished. They need a lot of nutrition and water to do well and they may have been a bit restricted  :) 
    As @JennyJ says - it's too late to find annuals really, but you might get some taller perennials which would be ok. Verbena bonariensis, Achilleas , some of the late flowering daises like Heleniums etc. They don't mind a poorer soil either.
    You would probably need to give them support though, and some won't have the height of sweet peas, but it could be worth taking a look    :)

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427
    As fairy says sweet peas are greedy Feeders. Normally you would dig a trench filled with compost,manure to plant them. I have a similar situation in my front garden, just a couple of inches of rubbish soil in South facing front garden. I've filled with Dianthus, zinnia.rockery plants
  • Cool thanks. The Sweet Pea's had a good run as they were set in the Autumn so started early. Will have a trip to the Garden Centre at the weekend and see what they have
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