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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 it's so 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' geraniums...

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

Thank you for any advice...






  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    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...

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  • ...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: 3,471
    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: 27,295

    I'd definitely be eating into that lawn. 

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

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    Have you searched plants on this site , can put in preferences, type of soil etc .
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