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MrsBertBibby Mon 27-Feb-17 14:38:36

I have just dug out an overgrown weed infested border, and now I need to think about what to put in it when it's tidied.

It doesn't get a huge amount of sun, until the height of summer, but then it gets a decent whack. Some traily bits would be nice as the wall isn't lovely, and nothing too tall and solid, since I don't want to obscure views from the windows up the garden.

The soil here is chalky but we'll be digging out the old stuff and bringing down some compost and manure to refill.

Slug resistant is alays good!

bookbook Mon 27-Feb-17 14:55:11

Evergreen creeping geranium is one of my favourites - something like
Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Karmina'
I would definitely have some cyclamen for early spring/late autumn colour too
Hellebores
Ajuga Reptans
I am going here for mostly ground cover , you notice?
Will have a think and come back later smile,

shovetheholly Mon 27-Feb-17 15:09:22

It looks to me like you're going to need things that can withstand a bit of dryness. I think I might be tempted to go for something like alpines, including some that trail nicely over the edge - aubretia is a classic, but gypsophila repens, Persicaria affinis ‘Superba’, phlox douglasii, ivy-leaved toadflax, delospermums etc. would look great. Secret Gardening Club has a load of these cheap at the moment.

shovetheholly Mon 27-Feb-17 15:10:18

(I just realised you said it didn't get much sun.... hmmmm. I would maybe knock the phlox and delospermums off that list, in that case.

MrsBertBibby Mon 27-Feb-17 16:14:22

Love the geranium idea!

Do hellebore die down over summer? I like the idea especially as this bed is right outside the back door, so winter flowers would be great.

Persicaria looks good !

bookbook Mon 27-Feb-17 16:38:11

My hellebores just go more leafy after flowering , then a little bit 'tatty' leaf looking without dying off, and the new growth comes through the old leaves . I have one white one just about to burst bud, and a beautiful dark purple one which is somewhat later - the leaves and buds are just nicely showing. I am in Yorkshire, so may be behind others .
There are quite a few varieties and colour variations of the geraniums too smile
Don't forget bulbs!!

JT05 Mon 27-Feb-17 16:45:52

Vinca comes in white, through blue to magenta. It trails beautifully, but you may have to keep a check on it.

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