Contemporary Sleeper Bed

Hi, 

I have a couple of 2.4m long 9"x4" sleepers left over from tiering my back garden. I want to use them doing something on the piece of scrubland at the side of my house (picture attached).

My were either a 2m x 0.4m bed just off the wall long ways, or a double height 0.6mx0.6m square one where the potted laurel is.

Which do you think would look better?

Also, I would want to put some palm, grass, fern type architectural plants in, that won't compromise the houses footings. I don't know what would be suitable, could you suggest some? It's south facing and fairly sheltered.

Thanks!

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,910

    Without pictures, can't tell aspect of bed, but it will need to be more than 4 inches deep. Needs at least 2X that depth.

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  • MTB79MTB79 Posts: 21

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,910

    Which direction does it face, is it in sun or shade?

    Ferns need shade and moisture. There are grasses suitable for most conditions.

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  • MTB79MTB79 Posts: 21

    It is south facing and in sun most of the day.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,910

    Ferns would not really be suitable then. Plenty of grasses would do well though

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  • Not all Ferns need shade, there are a good few that thrive in full sun.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,910

    Some ferns will do ok. in full sun, but only if reliably moist. This situation is less likely in a raised bed.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 54,459

    Just a thought - take care that any raised bed doesn't compromise the damp proof course of your house. 

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  • MTB79MTB79 Posts: 21
    Dovefromabove says:

    Just a thought - take care that any raised bed doesn't compromise the damp proof course of your house. 

    See original post

    Yeah, I did think that, thats why am leaning towards making the sleeper into a square shape, further away from the wall and putting something in there.  Would a cordyline australis be suitable considering its south facing and drains rapidly?

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