Today I went back to an area I had already tried to start a couple of times before without success. The climbing rose I planted in the spring didn't take. I think the spot is too dark for that. The sun is blocked out by the fence and the bin shed. (My apologies for the thumb in the picture). The photo was taken 3pm 27th June. Instead of growing sun loving summer flowers I thought I would try a shade tolerant winter jasmine. The fence should by covered by a mat of evergreen leaves and the flowers will give some winter interest. I will probably need to extend the trellis first. To the right of the climber (nearest the bin shed) I am thinking of growing some kind of standard bush/tree in a container. I was thinking about some kind of bush at the other end (the corner next to the gate). When I first moved in there a big batch of crocosmia growing there. I dug it out because it became a mess. I might just replace like for like. I know it grows well there. It would give the much needed colour in lieu of the lack of flowers on the climber. I would like to underplant the climber with something like brunerra Jack frost but I dont think there will be enough room. From the photo it's hard to tell where the slabs start and stop. Before I started playing about with it, that flower bed was gravelled over. This area has been bugging me for ages. Hopefully it won't be much longer before it starts to take shape. G.