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Putting in a border here

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This is the bottom of my back garden. Very shaded for a large part of the day. I was thinking of removing the gravel bed and putting in a border. Would there be anything I could plant down here that would be colourful and attract bees etc. I have planted several small apple trees, two buddleia and two lilac. I put in two foxglove too, thinking of putting in lupins and crocosmia. Would a border work here or would it just turn into a mess?

 

 

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  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    hi jess i plant flowers wherever ui can i have north facing shady border in it and doing well are; hardy geraniums, aquilegias. peonies, roses gertrude jekyll and zepherine drouhin, ,hellebores, jasmine inherited though this is leggy hydrangea petiolaris, and a philadelphus-unsure quite how well last one will do not been in long but leafed up nicely, i got alan titchmarsh gardening in the shade found it excellent

  • Jesse2501Jesse2501 Posts: 148

    Will defo look up that book so Rose, thank you. Just planted two rose climbers out front so time for a wee cup of tea image

    I'd fancy planting a hydrangea paniculata (don't like the mop heads) so that might give a bit of substance and some colour. Not sure the flowers are great for insects though.

    so take up the gravel and lay down some good soil so?

  • and dig in lots of muck. Soil under the gravel is likely to be pretty thin on nutrients

  • Jesse2501Jesse2501 Posts: 148

    Will do... Not sure what muck is though image. I'll put in soil and compost mix so. Maybe 2 foot wide. 

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