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Quarter-circle Flower Bed

Hi all

Looking for some inspiration and ideas for this quarter(ish)-circle flower bed. I'll need to dig out the soil as its been covered for years in stone and weed fabric. 

It's north facing and as you can see has a tall hedge beside so doesn't get loads of direct sunlight. 

Really appreciate any ideas. Dimension are 14ft x 10ft.


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,762
    The soil will need a fair bit of improving, so that's the first thing to do.
    What you then plant will depend largely on your climate, and how moisture retentive the medium then becomes.  :)
    Do you want low maintenance? Evergreens? Particular colours?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks, Fairygirl.

    Yes, plan to start digging out the old soil this week.

    Thinking largely evergreens as it sits outside the main living area so would be good to have interest throughout the year.

    I've got a viburnum tinus and skimmia both in pots in the minute and would be keen to plant them out. Both have white, pink flowers. So mainly those perhaps.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,762
    They should be fine - skimmias don't like alkaline soil, so as long as it's neutral to acidic, it should be fine. Viburnums don't mind much either way.
    I grow white Hydrangeas, Ilex,  and Osmanthus [burkwoodii] in north to n. west facing sites, where they get very little sun at all. Fatsias are also fine, and even shrubs like the white early Spireas are no problem. All of those would work with your colour preferences. The hydrangeas and spireas are deciduous, but the others are evergreen. 
    You can always add easy hardy geraniums and spring bulbs too - snowdrops, daffs, and if the soil doesn't dry out - Camassias.
    Acteas will also grow in that aspect if the soil doesn't dry out, and there are plenty of other perennials which will give you some additional interest through summer. Polemoniums and Dicentras for example - both come in white. Hellebores are also ideal and are evergreen.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • It is difficult to see how far away from the hedge the side of the bed is. The hedge will take a lot of moisture from the bed if it is within a metre or two of the hedge trunks, due to root spread so a lot of plants would struggle to do well. Maybe a path between the bed and hedge would make life easier.
    I think I would quarter the bed with slab paths for easy access to the centre of the bed for weeding etc.
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,445
    edited March 2023
    There are two shade tolerant grasses which are worth considering in your plan to provide extra texture and movement. Try Hakonechloa macra, green or variegated varieties to add extra light, and Anemanthele lessoniana which is evergreen, also known as Pheasant‘s tail grass due to its range of attractive colour changes in autumn and winter.
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.

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