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advice please for what to plant along driveway

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downbythesecretgarden Mon 27-Jul-15 15:17:09

hello, we finally have cleared an area to the side of the drive, so its also quite close to the fairly quiet road. It's a long strip (30 plus feet?) but only a couple of feet wide.

Should I plant anything at this stage of the summer? I have roses, geraniums, poppies and the usual type of garden centre cell plants in pots. Would any of them be transplantable or even get on together?

I would love a display of tall flowers next summer, but maybe this is a bit ambitious. I would also plan to plant bulbs in the autumn, but don't want to end up with a complete mess of everything!


aircooled Mon 27-Jul-15 20:59:22

Tall plants can be a problem in a narrow border as they will naturally grow towards the light and possibly flop. You haven't said what the aspect is but I would think shorter plants might be a better bet and a mixture of evergreen shrubs and herbaceous stuff will give year-round interest. As is often recommended on similar threads, find a helpful local nursery or garden centre who will help you choose suitable plants. Plant in 'blocks' rather than single plants to avoid a 'dotty' look. If you plant now you will have to be vigilant with the watering if the next promised heatwave actually arrives.

downbythesecretgarden Tue 28-Jul-15 11:53:10

thanks. It is reasonably sunny (when there is any sun). I don't want to spend a fortune so was hoping to try to grow some things from seed/bulb or replant what I already have. In some ways I can't wait to get started, but maybe I should be patient. No sign of a heatwave just yet, it's pouring!

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