I have a reclaimed south-facing border, 8 yards X 2 yards backed by a 30 inch stone wall, and am in need of suggestions for a mixture of shrubs and plants, preferably low/medium maintenance as I am quite elderly. Can you help?
Hi Audrey. Here are a few suggestions for you:
Shrubs: Lavender; Helianthemums; Salvias, Buddleja
Perennials: Achilleas; Heleniums; Phlox; Poppies
Hope those few mentioned give you some ideas.
Thank you very much Ladybird and Verdun for your swift replies, and to you Verdun for such an extensive selection. I really am very grateful to you both and look for ward to looking them up in my gardening book and making a selection. X
I am also in Scotland. Try to get to the garden centre behind Dobbies Edinburgh as they are much cheaper. Or Morrisons or B & Q.
I would get a Camellia, and grow a group 3 clematis through it for flowers in August - September. Each year you just cut back the clematis to around 6-12 inches. It then regrows flowering on this seasons growth - £1.87 in Morrisons. Get a honeysuckle for the wall - £1.87 in Morrisons.
Maybe an Acer or Amelanchier - currently both £2 in Morrisons. They could be at the back for height. Penstemons, Lavender, Phlox Paniculata - 3 feet high, flowers from July - October and scented. Currently 2 for £1 in Aldi and Lidyl. Echinacea for autumn flowers also 3 for £1 in same shops. Rudbeckia is also hardy and no trouble.
Several Erisemum Bowles mauve - flowers almost all year and scented - £1.87 each in Morrisons.
If you were near Edinburgh I would come help.
Rather belatedly, thank you Cath for all your suggestions. I have both Morrisons and Lidl close to home, so I'll check them out. What a pity I'm not nearer to Edinburgh!