Long, thin, narrow strip to plant up...

Hello, I am new to this...and unsure how to search if this has  been a topic before...

I have a very long (12m x almost a metre) strip of earth to plant up...east-ish facing.

it's against a boring light brown fence....I'd love all year interest...but cannot decide on a "repeat" plant...or focus plant...as it's so long...do I stick with a colour but different textures and then plant in between perennials with all year interest...

thought of Hebe Mrs Winder at far end...cordyline some where..then a lavender hidcote in the middle...then perhaps a Fuschia and ending with Erysimum Bowles Mauve at the other end....and then fill the gaps with lambs tongue..heuchera...hellebore's...blue/pink geraniums...

Will this all be too much....not sure where to begin or find info

Thank you for any advice...






  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Could you paint the boring fence or add some trellis then plant up some climbers for interest. Could you curve the shape too for interest ? I find different geraniums add colour and interest , hellebores even bulbs for spring, I have various perennial plants and fill in with cosmos , pots , sweet peas , even baskets on the fence .

    I don't believe there is a right or wrong just have a go. Enjoy ,
  • gosh...thanks for replying both of you....its dare I say it..."normal soil"...not dry of clay or clogged ~ think sunny in morning and then perhaps shady in afternoon by the fence...yes, going to paint the boring thing...and yes, was thinking of trelis for clematis sometime...

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,339

    Hi Sarah,

    I've been trying to imagine your garden. The first thing I would think about is the boundary, you say it's boring light brown fence. Boundaries really change things, I really like a dark brown effect against the green of the plants, but I do get a lot of light.

    It's long and narrow, similar to the shape that I have. I would avoid planting to that shape and design.

    Any chance of a picture?

  • ...not much to see...full of snow, Hollie...fab idea to paint it dark brown!

    let's see if I can add this picture..



  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Dark brown fences with white flowers go well !

    Could you alter bed shape , mine all curve around the garden so some beds slightly deeper (wider) in sections allowing diff levels of planting .
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,226

    I'd definitely be eating into that lawn. 

  • thanks...perhaps will do....does anyone know where I can get plant suggestion/lists...mr google not helping much ...the options are just endless...and not sure where to begin...image

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Have you searched plants on this site , can put in preferences, type of soil etc .
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