raised beds

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we are a small nursing home with 2 raised beds 8ft x 6ft, can anyone tell me what to plant in them please .i want something that will have colour all year round, plants that are perenial and easy to look after, we dont want trees

thank you


  • Hi Welshkatt,

    I'm no expert but I used to have a hard and fast rule in my garden if it couldn't survive only being watered once a week in summer it tended not to get planeted again ( I do take a bit more interest in my garden these days and spend a bit more time in there!)

    I found Lavenders, sage, rosemary, thyme and Fushias (?spelling?) seemed to do really well, the herbs also smell really nice on a summers evening which might be nice if you have any residents who have problems with their sight.

    hope it helps, not very original I know!

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    Hi welshkatt (you're not a manx, are you? I know two welsh manx cats!)

    Have you tried using the search facility on this site? If not, give it a go. Click on the Plants tab, put in your requirements and find pics and info about plants that will suit your situation.

    Of course, it's always nice to 'talk' to people as well.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Spring flowering bulbs are always a joy. I know they don't last the whole year, but are so heart lifting. They be mixed with other stuff, like the lavenders etc mentioned above.
  • Start with position; does it get full sun, partial sun or is it in shade. This will determine what to plant.

  • Then decide on flowers & plants - I always try to get plants that have a 'double life'. Plants that have differing shapes sizes of leaf, evergreens, variegated leaves if possible. Hope this helps.

  • thanks for your help,

    the beda are in full sun and we have a pergola attatched to one of them and want to planr climers i thought clematis,jasmine and climbing hydrangea, do you think that would cover and not need a lot of maintainance?  we are under planting with spring bulbs to extend

  • Clematis sounds good. You can get evergreen ones, but mine didn't survive a frost (perhaps it wasn't big enough to survive - should have put fleece over it!) Jasmine will be pretty, haven't experience of climbing hydrangia - sorry. Also you can plant summer flowering bulbs to extend season of flowers. You don't give the measurements of raised bed, so a bit difficult to assess how much you could get into it. Always aim for quick growing plants to cover soil, chuck on a bit of bark chippings, then very little weeding is needed, plus I think it looks neater! Happy to help.

  • Sorry - you have put 8x6 on your post, not had a good day. Agree that lavender, rosemary are good plants, both flower and are evergreen, as well as lavender bag ingredients for your craft day and rosemary for cooking!

    Let me know if you want any more ideas. 

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Climbing Hydrangea wont like full sun, its best in a shady spot. Maybe try a vine for green or red leaf colour? Just choose a cultivartor that isn't too vigorousimage

  • what about the The Chilean potato vine, would that work better

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    I'd definitely recommend Jasmine for the fabulous scent. Mine's in a raised bed scrambling over a pergoly-thing. Quite vigorous once it's happy so needs smoe chopping back.

  • ive got three posts i thought one post 3 clamatis, one spring one summer and one autumn, next post a jasmine  and the 3rd ive not got a clue

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Solanum crispum likes full sun but also shelter, a harsh winter might kill it and parts of it are toxic if ingested.

    You could try a passion flower if you're not too far north? Or thonless rose if you don't mind a spot of tying in. Maybe not practical? What about a lovely ivy? No  tying once established, evergreen, will take full sun as well as shade and beautiful foliage to contrast with the clematis?

    The Golden Hop has gorgeous foliage and climbs without any trouble although it doesn't like the hottest part of the day.

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    I just did a plant search on this website for hardy climber in full sun and got 130 suggestions image

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Oh thats what I just remembered, one of the Vitis would have lovely foliage or maybe you would prefer a Honeysuckle. They would go marvellously.image

  • PretzelPretzel Posts: 15
    - For your third post, an evergreen honeysuckle. - Spring, summer, and autumn bulbs - look on GW site - Perennials like erisymum (perennial wallflowers) of different colours e.g. purple, pink and orange on same plant, yellow, mixed in with penstemons of different colours. Only thing here is they are not all long lived so you'd need to take replacement cuttings every other year or so but they're very easy, and free! - Herbs like lavendar and rosemary, definitely (different sizes, colours and there's a trailing lax rosemary as well as the upright). Also lemon thyme on the edges - also over the edges: aubretia, saxifrage,look for other hardy/perennial trailers - and for backbone/structure, a few smallish shrubs which are both evergreen and earn their 'living' by being coloured (photinia), variegated (euonymous), winter flowering (mahonia, verbena), etc. Kept small by easy pruning. Good luck and have fun. What a lovely project.
  • i was thinking of a winter jasmine to have the bright  yellow flowers  in winter or is that difficult to manage? 

  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 499

    Try a few hellebores - the hybrids of the Lenten Rose.  Most have a frustrating habit of nodding their heads so you can't see the best of the flowers without lifting them up. In a raised bed you can see the flowers more easily. I have seen masses of them - at Hodsock I think - growing on a bank where many of them were at head height or higher.  They looked superb. 

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    Winter jasmine I find very easy to manage. And a welcome splash of colour in quiet times. Chop off or pull up bits you don't want. It arches over and can root where it touches. Not sure if your soil would be too good for it, mine is growing - has been for over 20 years - in a skimpy bit of soil right against the house wall facing approx South ~East. Perhaps in decent soil it would have taken over the bungalow by now!

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