creating impact with 1 narrow bed in a small urban garden
I have only 1 flower bed in our small urban garden. It is about 50cm wide and 450 cm long and is a raised bed against the brick garden wall. The wall is west facing and the bed gets the sun in the summer months but when the sun is lower in the sky it is mostly in shade. It's all I've got though so does anyone have any suggestions for how to make the most of it?
Currently there are some bulbs in, a blackberry, a very happy raspberry and a winter jasmine, there's also a rose. There is a beautiful poppy in July and that's about it. I've tried lavender (really liked the idea of a lavender hedge with roses growing through but only one has survived... Slugs seem to be a real issue and the honeysuckle I tried is still there but only barely hanging on as a result.
I basically keep shoving stuff in but never really get the result I'm hoping for and particularly in spring don't seem to have any colour.
I'm thinking about trying to start again with a colour-scheme but it is so narrow that it's hard to get height and some interest lower down. I want to keep the berries and the poppy but wonder if the rest should go. I was wondering about daphne and geranium macrohrizum.
Or am I just attempting the impossible and do I need to sacrifice a bit of the (4.5 by 3.5m) lawn to get a better shape of bed and a bit more space?
Any advice gratefully received!