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 I have a  center flower bed (I don't like too much grass)  it's been like this for almost 5 years and nothing is really growing, the yukka has only flowered once and I pulled all the dead leaves off before the winter and there's loads more now. The grasses haven't done much and it looks rubbish! 

What can I put in there so there is interest and colour most of the year? I love roses and have quite a few elsewhere in the garden. It's the main thing I look at from the dinning table and its running the look of the rest of the garden ????. I am tempted to get rid of the gravel aswell. 

Thanks in advanced




  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,121

    The picture may be too large to upload - try reducing it in size and post it again image

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

  • I don't know how to make it smaller ?. 

    I'll keep trying 

  • Little sis to the rescue here it is. 

  • Thanks. It's almost to the end of the garden so not really bothered about seeing anything behind it. There's plenty of beds around the garden. As it's right in the middle wanted something great. 

  • Mowing isn't my job ? the acer is amazing. I have one but it's nowhere near that size. Maybe that could go in there? What's the other plants around the tree? 

    Your garden is beautiful. 

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,102

    Hi Angela - the world is your oyster there! I wouldn't recommend an Acer being in an exposed place in the garden - they prefer shelter from wind and dappled shade. Having said that, I do have one in a south-facing area which is lovely, and I wouldn't move it now, but it can become scorched.

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,457

    I think your Yucca looks great.  I'd be looking to build a nice grouping using that as your first item.  I quite like to mix up colours and textures so you might have a Berberis with tiny red shiny leaves to contrast against the Yucca (evergreen so year round interest).  Then I might think about a blue leaved hosta placed in such a way as to contrast (that's not evergreen).  Then you have the things that look nice in winter because they're colourful stems like dogwoods - Google Midwinter Fire and you'll see what I mean.

    I can imagine some people reading this and shuddering because we're all different so I guess I'm saying that you need to experiment and find your style.

    You say that the stuff that's in the bed doesn't do well so this probably needs addressing.  If I were tackling that area, I'd take up the shingle, dig it all over and incorporate some manure and make a definite delineation between the bed and the lawn.  As it is, it's dangerous, because stones can be thrown at force by mowers (I know of them going through car windscreens and dog's eyes! sad!).  Sorry bit of a downer, you asked for inspiration.

    Hope this inspires you to research more 


  • PeggyTXPeggyTX Posts: 556

    What a gorgeous garden, Doghouse Riley.  I can't tell you how envious I am.  It's so hot and dry in Texas for 8 months out of the year (we hit 78F today) we just can't keep a lush green garden you folks in Britain are able to grow and enjoy. You've done a marvelous job selecting your plantings.  :)  

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  • autumngloryautumnglory Posts: 255

    Your garden is beautiful Doghouse!

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