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New South facing garden

Hi recently moved into our new home with a very uncared for south facing garden,

Although now im stuck with what will grow the best, especially on the west facing fence?? Thought about some climbers, have recently popped in a Passion Flower, and my Great Grandmas old English rose bush, (handed down in cuttings over the years!!!) But what else could i grow iv dug out a long border right along the fence, the kids bough some lupins, but i want to try and create a herbacious type border, that will also attract wildlife??



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    Hi Beth, there's a download on this page with a list of bee friendly plants. Something with berries for the birds would be good, maybe your rose has hips. Hawthorn is excellent

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • ok great, thanks for the weblink. Yes i agree something with berries, plants i am not familiar with.

    Thanks again!!!image

  • Plants in my south-facing front border which particularly attract wildlife are Verbena boniariensis, Sedums (various species), Achilleas, Agastache, Alliums, Geums, Eryngiums, Paeonies(various single species).

    Shrubs - I have a Virbunum bodnantes as it's a great winter flowering shrub - it's flowered constantly for the last few months! Sambuccus nigra - great for berries for the birds as well as flowers

    This RHS page gives a fairly comprehensive list


  • saltskisaltski Posts: 50

    I too have a south facing garden and also in a similar position where I am tryign to find the correct combination of plants to fill it with (on a tight budget) that will look nice and attract wildlife.

    I have hedges down both sides which have birds in them all the time, as for plants I try to go for single flower varieties, or wildflowers. I have a lot of lavendar which really attracts the bees in the late summer. I have roses too but they seem to only attract aphids.

    Sadly, all my berries are ina  fruit cage as they are for me and not the birds but the flowers are for all the wildlife to enjoy.

    The two links provided are excellent, thank you guys.

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