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Tall plants for a thin long strip?


I've got a thin long strip that is about a foot deep for the most part and then it widen to about a meter deep right at the very end.

A very high panel fence is going into the strip so it'll be even narrower but I'm hoping that there is something I can plant that will be tall and break up the fence without looking like a row of lamp posts.

I'm hoping they'll be pretty to look at and add year round interest.

I don't want it to be too uniform.



  • lb191lb191 Posts: 80

    Btw the bed is roughly south facing but my two storey house is about 6m away in that direction.

    The bed goes right down into the ground soil.

  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,550

    How about a prairie bed? I think that would look lovely.  Also if you haven't already done so turn your turfs over (grass side down )and put your new soil and compost on top as it's surprising how much soil you will need to fill ?

  • lb191lb191 Posts: 80

    Thanks I'll look into that.

    The turf was just put there because the guy doing the hard work said that I couldn't put it into the brown bins so it'll be nice to have a use for it.

  • lb191lb191 Posts: 80

    Sorry, do you have any particula plants in mind that would look good in my space and together.

    Looking on google isn't helpful because it's either images of plants that I don't know the name of or names of plants that I can't see an image of.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,918

    I've got a narrow border along my back fence but it's the opposite aspect. Perennials and annuals would be the best solution, but you could have a few structural evergreens as well depending on the look you like. A few trailing plants like aubretia will drift over the wall and help create extra depth. 

    Bulbs like alliums and acidanthera will give height without taking up much room, and there are loads of spring bulbs which will extend your season. Easy enough to put them in later in the year in and around new perennial planting

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    Verdun! Good morning. I've really missed you. Good to have you back.

  • ZenjeffZenjeff Posts: 647

    I will second that posy you've been a miss Verdun please keep posting we need your wit and knowledgeimage

  • lb191lb191 Posts: 80

    I might stick some lavender in as it will maintain the theme as I have a large bed of it in the front. I do love lavender when I don't kill it (always chop too much off).

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll get back to googling.

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