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Hello, I have dogs so I am building raised beds but not sure what compost to fill them with? Also I want all year round interest, scent and a white and green colour scheme. I will have one 1 metre squared bed and another 1 metre wide by 3 metres long by 2 metres in an L shape if that makes sense. 

I would like a white rose as a focal point but no bigger than 1metre high and then I want to fill in around that in descending height. I would like ladies mantle and maybe some herbs  but not sure how to start and I don't have bags of money either so prepared to start small and let things grow.

I love flowers and scent and am very enthusiastic but I don't have the knowledge to back it up. All help gratefully recieved.

Oops forgot to say the it is in the sun with partial shade as sun moves round.

Last edited: 30 April 2017 18:42:44


  • SlumSlum Posts: 382

    Hello. For the rose I'd suggest Claire Austin.

    How deep are the raised beds? A mixture of loam, compost and manure will suit most things. Bulk bags can be bought online. I've used this company a few times with no problems:

  • dareesesdareeses Posts: 3

    Thank you. I am planning forbthen to be three feet deep but they will be sat on earth so potentially deeper. 

  • dareesesdareeses Posts: 3

    Thank you. I am planning for them to be three feet deep but they will be sat on earth so pgotentially deeper. I love the rose but am concerned that it is a climber. Would I not need a shrub in a raised bed?

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Buy a good book and start reading or go to the library and get some gardening books out. You need to increase your knowledge first by looking at plants and deciding what you want. Some books will also have planting plans to help. Or have a look at the RHS site for ideas.  Or have a walk round your local garden centre to see what is there. 

    Read,learn and then do - it's the only way. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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