That's my plan nigelcoad - I also have a new (sadly not full sun) border on clay soil and am trying to put in the perennials slowly as I work out how much room there is - I will fill out with annuals while things get established (which I believe should also help the heavy soil). How about box for the evergreen?
Hi Sue - as Lizzie said smaller plants are cheaper and easier to plant. If you live near a Morrisons its worth checking what they have. Last week I had Camellia, Photina Red Robin and Pieris - £2 each. I have clay soil and there was plenty of choice there for me. They'll soon grow and before long you'll be taking cuttings from them and getting more plants for free Good luck and if you have any questions there are plenty of people on here who can help you!
Thanks Caz W thats a great tip! If they're not too expensive I will get annuals as I like the idea of lots of colour.
I've got a soil PH testing kit and am planning to use it at the weekend.... along with Ticthmarsh's book, coloured pencils and some graph paper.
Everyone has been so helpful and friendly, this is such a great site am so glad I posted
Hi everyone, I've finally manged to make some progress with my garden and would appreciate your thoughts before I actually get planting!
I've established that my garden is south-east facing and soil is slightly acidic to neutral PH 6.5-7.0.
So far I've resisted the urge to visit the garden centre and but lots of lovely shrubs and have patiently dug a border by removing the top layer of turf (stacked grass side down elsewhere) and will dig in some compost next weekend....will post a picture if I can.
These are the plants I'm thinking of getting:
Choisya ternata AGM Mexican orange blossom
Nandina domestica 'Fire Power' heavenly bamboo 'Fire Power'
Buddleja × weyeriana 'Sungold' AGM butterfly bush 'Sungold'
Deutzia longifolia 'Veitchii' deutzia 'Veitchii'
Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver' oleaster 'Quicksilver'
Euonymus alatus 'Compactus' AGM compact winged spindle tree
Ruscus aculeatus butcher's broom
Any comments appreciated!!
Photos from last summer. The area along the fence with the top section of trellis is where I have now dug the new border, approx 2 panels long and 2m width... will post another photo later.
The acer tree in the bottom corner of the picture is in a ceramic pot but I have no idea where to best place it... and too scared to plant it in the ground in case i either kill it or can't move it later on!!
..as other's have said, it's not a boring garden as it's a blank canvas and I find that terribly exciting,... well, I think so.... a lot to look forward to and it will be all your own work...
..you might already have something in mind here, but one thing I would have to do, if it was mine, would be to get rid of that little paved path running through, as the slabs are too far apart. I would have to either hop along or walk on grass which sort of defeats the object, so I'd be wanting to do something about that eventually... it looks pretty but not sure if it's practical the way it is... do you find it so? especially when wet...
I prefer a continuous path, all paved, brick or even shingle with suitable edging...something like that... it's just a suggestion, and you might not be worrying about that now...
Thanks for the feedback, am really excited to get cracking. I think I’ll leave the acer in its pot near the choisya and see how it fares in that position... do you think there will be any issues with direct sun scorching it? I guess if it’s sheltered between plants it may be ok...
Salino, yes totally agree about the path it’s on my list of things to remove... installed by the previous owners, it’s totally uneven and leads right up to the middle of the shed! It’s awful. I intend to put in a more practical path at some point in the future when I work out where and how I want it flow...
Pyracantha for clothing fences. Evergreen, grows like a hedge when tied in loosely against a fence, flowers for insects, berries for birds and dark green background for you. I grow on heavy clay in sun or shade, though flowers/berries better in sun. Red column is my personal fave. You could plant those immediately and then spend some time improving the soil in front, but at least they'd be getting going in the meantime. I can recommend COMPOSTED bark for improving clay. You could make pots out of the brown stuff in my last two gardens, but fork in some composted bark plus whatever grit, compost, leaf mould and even a wee bit of grass cuttings and you've got that lovely moist 'christmas cake' soil in no time. The worms love it and it opens the structure better than anything else I've tried. MUST be composted tho - not chipped or decorative. Its worth its weight. Bx