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What to Plant Here..?

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by fumanchu, May 15, 2018.

  1. fumanchu

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    I've had excellent help from this forum so far, now looking for more :biggrin: -
    I have an ugly shed base that is right in my face as I look out of the back window. I'd like advice please, on cheapish fast easy annuals or perennials that will grow to 9-12 inches tall and cover this ugly gap. Partial shade, quite exposed to the wind. If there is such a thing :spinning:
     
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    9 to 12" fumanchu?? How about a fern? Dryopteris The King will provide a cool green and attractive feature to 3'. Astilbes will have foliage up to 60 cm and 90 cm when in flower and do well in shade.:)
     
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      TY Verdun - my soil is very poor and dry - would that suit those? My garden is on a slope and moisture runs away downhill. Am at 1000ft in Scotland - sorry I should have said that before.
       
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      Nasturtium - likes poor soil - grows like billy 'o' - colourful trumpet like flowers - will self seed and come back each year - you can eat the flowers - :dbgrtmb:
       
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        I can grow them, had them before :) Will they be tall enough? But I might get some anyway. Need wait until end of month for frosts though. TY!
         
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        Fumanchu, Ferns are, usually, for damp spots but I find many are adaptable to drier spots. I grow another variety of dryopteris in a pot that is rarely watered....it was really neglected and almost dumped in that pot but it has surprised how well it has coped.
        Put some compost into the hole and plant dryopteris, water it well initially and mulch it. It will be fine.:)
         
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          I'll go and look at pics of dryopteris ferns. :spinning:
           
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          Hello @fumanchu - where is our ''through the back window'' picture then? :rolleyespink: Nasturtiums can be little or large - and I grew some in my garden that took over - giant climbing ones - and they drop seeds all over the show too. They usually attract swarms of black fly though.
          Echinops might be good there, and Geraniums (hardy ones) Foxgloves, Bergenia, Eryngium and hardy Fuchsias.

          How`s it going with that bit by the fence then? Are you going to show us ? :hapydancsmil:
           
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            Nothing much doing there yet Tetters, and I - erm- bought a plastic fence thingy. :whistle: because I saw it on Wilko site and thought YESSS - :roflol: but I wasn't going to tell you lot because I'll probly get drummed out of the forum ... I've got some plants coming up in there, some chives I think and they stop it being too bare. And the bit on the right is roses so they're ok.
            But this other bit at the shed is now doing my head in and my brain cell has moved onto that :biggrin: Here is a pic of the top and as soon as I post it I'm going under the table >>>>
             

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            Is Eringium the big thistle things? I do love that stuff, would it grow here?
             
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            Eryngiums need plenty of light and sun fumanchu :)
             
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              What about Echinops then - they are big blue bobbly things :snorky:..... and we are only talking about partial shade Verdun. The ferns would be great, as Verdun suggested fumanchu, but I think you like a bit of colour ..... as for the plastic fence...hmm let`s just say it will do the job nicely while your other stuff is getting established ;)
              Actually that bit is looking much better I think.
              I always say it`s best to let my lonely little brain cell wander willy nilly - sounds like you agree with that (fumanchu I mean - not you Verdun)
              Psst - Verdun has a whole bunch of brain cells. Lucky - that`s what I call him :loll:
               
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                Wot u after Tetters?:snorky:
                 
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                  I`m after a replacement exhaust muffler for my old Countax K - amongst other things - Got one?...........oh yes, and a few more brain cells would be nice.:exhausted:
                   
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                    I got plenty of brain cells Tetters :rasp:
                     
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