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i had a beautiful patio laid last year with walls either side so I could haven plant in there. I don't like what's in there and it all looks a bit messy. I like  gardening but really don't know much about plants and tend to buy plants that I like the look of. 

i really want help from a professional as what to put in the walls but have no idea on where to start looking or even what they are called, are they landscape gardeners or are they just for patios etc. who can help me to put the right plants in the right place??



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,852

    Choosing the right plants involves knowing the aspect of your garden - which dictates how much sun it gets; the location - exposure to wind, rain, frosts etc; the kind of soil - loamy, clay, sandy, alkaline, acid; and the width and depth of your wall beds.

    You also need to decide whether you want permanent plants or seasonal changes.  either way, the soil of compost in the walls will need to be improved every season to maintain nutrients for healthy plants.   You also need to think about how much time you have for pruning, dead-heading, weeding and general maintenance.

    If you can supply all this info here we can help.  Photos would be good too.  Use the tree icon to load them.

    Alternatively, google for a good plant nursery near you or an independent garden centre (chains don't always have trained staff) and take the info to them and ask for advice on plants.  They'll be happy to advise.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Obelixx is right we'd need to know much more before giving you best advice.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Angela - do you mean this type of planting in walls?

     or have I got hold of the wrong end of the stick image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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     Sorry it's taken so long. I don't get to see much daylight working full time ????. I would like some plants that don't grow over the edge as it looks messy when the wall gets dirty. ideally want someone to come out and plan and plant them ????

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,980

    Think I'd go just for lavender, planted fairly close and trimmed short straight after flowering so it stays compact and tidy.

    I'm sure if you ask at your local garden centre they'll either provide a planting service or be able to recommend someone. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I like getting lavender idea. They grow really fast though don't they or is there a small version?
  • Get a smaller one like Hidcote. I think it could be a bit restrictive not allowing any flopping leaves. I was thinking of heucheras and heucherellas in all their different colour forms, and the foliage isn't very messy.

  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    Or geraniums that form hummocks. Some come with scented leaves.

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