creating prettiness where the rubbish bins were...

Hi there everyone. I have another area of the garden I need to sort out (well, it's actually the garage). This is where we've been keeping the bins until we found them a new home today. Now, we have a nice big area adjacent to the garage, and we'll be reinstating the BBQ at the top for occasional use. 

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 (ignore all the pots in the foreground, we're just moving stuff around and they will be gone!)

As you can see, there is a high planter on the left wall, which has old ivy and a new rambling rose in it, which will spread over the garage hopefully. Above is a clematis. What I want to do is make the rest of it a bit less barren, without putting pots everywhere or infringing too much on the space.

I was thinking of putting a low planter along that wall to the right of the shot and training climbers up there - maybe  mix of evergreen shade tolerant honeysuckle (Halliana?) and another clematis which will do ok in the shade. Otherwise, I'm stuck for ideas to make the most of it and soften it up.  I don't want to put masses of pots there as that looks messy to me, nor do I want to dig up the hard standing. 

Am I missing anything I could be doing, or does my idea of the low planter sound workable - and are there better plants I could be using?

Many thanks!

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,741
    I think it looks great just as it is.



    I'd fill the two "bins" with pretty logs, maybe silver birch, and leave them as a home for beasties.



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  • I love it - your space has personality image I'd pocket some ferns/sedums on your walls and yes - use logs in the bin spaces - you could always pocket some ferns amongst them image

  • Pretty logs are a great idea, thanks both!
  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,156

    Some string lights above  wall too wall  ..imagewhite only

  • Oh yes, lights! I have white solar string lights around a storm porch image
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 4,725

    I'd love a little area like that - have a real 'thing' for stone walls. Ferns etc sounds like a lovely idea. You could introduce a few alpines as well maybe image

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • I'm with Pansy........what a lovely little space.  Sometimes you can overdo things....why not use it for a year and then really see what "strikes" you image  Things may creep in on their own and look perfectly at home.

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