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I am looking for some plant advice for a raided bed in my front garden. 


I have two raised beds on either side of the path to the front door.  On one side I have  three plants in the bed - Osmanthus, Acer Palmatum senkaki, and Choisya ternata all of which are growing well and have been in for about 10 years. 


On the other side I have never had any plants (I have slate chips) but would like suggestions for interesting  evergreen plants that would not grow too tall - about 70 cm I think.


The bed is 40cm at its highest point  70cm wide and 390cm long.  The front of the house gets the morning sun


I live in Fife Scotland





  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,228

    Hi Liz (good name that!) Sarcococca hookeriana 'Humilis' is a beauty with sweetly scented flowers throughout the winter followed by shiny, black berries. I have one just outside my back door and the scent is knockout!

    Dwarf rhododendrons are another possibility with huge numbers of flower colours to choose from. Judging by the size you have quoted I think that 3-4 should be the maximum total of shrubs you choose.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • TigrahTigrah Posts: 125

    Euphorbias could be a good choice for somexample evergreen shape, as well as some year round foliage colour with huucheras or carex. You could even try a topiary trimmed box, or a holly bush/tree.

    Tall allium bulbs like everest or globe master could be good for spring colour, too. Being able to be left throughout the rest of the year as dried ornamentals that gives structure. 

    Last edited: 09 February 2017 08:33:37

  • Could you tell me what this plant is,and is it an annual or perennial.Thank you.image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,242

    Looks like one of the grasses with that seedhead. One of the Pennisetums perhaps, but the foliage looks quite broad. Hard to judge the scale though.  There are often grasses and plants which 'spring up' from dropped bird seed too, so it could be that if you didn't buy it or plant it yourself. 

    Can you offer some more info or another pic? 

    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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