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Inspiration for concrete back yard

Discussion in 'How To ..........' started by Laura Robinson, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. Laura Robinson

    Laura Robinson Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi,

    I have recently moved into a ground floor flat. The yard is an open plan concrete complex (no soil what so ever) and I wanted to add some life. I am a beginner at gardening and was hoping this would be a fantastic place to discuss idea's.

    To date I have thought of buying potted plants that can sustain the cold british weather all years around (if possible) my attention was directed to something similar to a "bay tree"....

    Any idea's would be much appreciated please send me your ideas :-)

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    JWK Gardener

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    Welcome to the forum Laura.

    Well you certainly have a blank canvas there!

    Pots are not your only choice, maybe you can build a raised bed against that back wall?

    I think you also need to get plants on the walls, one of our members was on TV recently and he built a set of shelves to hold a fern collection in pots, I seem to think his garden is a similar to yours:

    http://gardenerscorner.co.uk/forum/threads/big-dreams-small-spaces-thur-8pm-bbc2.111070/
     
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      HarryS Eternally Optimistic Gardener

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      For shadey spots in your yard , trailing begonias and Fuchsias take some beating
      Trailing Begonia Illumination will be for sale in garden centres late April ( they must be kept frost free ) about £5 for 4 plants . White , red or apricot shades . Three will fill a large 14" container and flower to November.
      Fuchsias hundreds to chose from trailing and bush type , they do tend to flower late though.
      Supermarkets will have lots of cheap good bedding plants available soon :blue thumb:
       
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