Post # 1
So My Fiance and I have been living together since January (since we got engaged) and he has a quite nice garden – we’re in the intercity so it’s not huge about 20ft long and 10ft wide, it’s really just a lawn with a apple tree at the end and a paving slab path down the middle – it’s also on a slope and backs onto a train line.
I love colour and would love to plant some really bright flowers and plants once we’ve got married – I’d feel a bit weird doing before hand. there is a vegetable patch which I’ve been running very successfully since I moved in, but what I really want is some ideas for some plants that are colourful – pretty – not too high maintenance, hardy and suit clay soil.
Post # 3
I’ve never been to the UK, so i don’t really know what your climate is like, but find your zone! and you’ll be able to find some great flowers that will thrive in your area!
You could always start a hanging basket or potted arrangement with bleeding hearts, sweet peas or other annuals. They won’t grow back next year but it will be a quick solution for the time being, and then when you move in after the wedding you can actually go for more permanence (bi-ennials & perennials ftw!).
What colours do you like? Are you going to go with one colour ‘family’ or a rainbow medley? You also have to take into consideration blooming times.
My garden was established when we bought the house and the lady that planted it was a genius, there is always SOMETHING blooming in our garden.
May-June we have snap dragons, flowering apple trees, lilacs and some lovely white flowers (not sure what they are, but they are lovely).
July-september we have lilies galore! I am going to add some wisteria when i have a climbing apparatus built.
Shrubs and decorative grasses are nice too and can come in silver, blue, or lime green (also there are red, yellow and orange varieties too!)
But seriously, pick up some gardening mags or scour some blogs and take not of what catches you eye. is it high/low arrangements? Vibrant colour? or exotics that draw you most?
Post # 4
Bushes and shrubs sound like they’d be a good option for you. They’re hardy and can have great color all year. Stick them in the ground, get them rooted, and keep them trimmed, and with that you’ll have some nice color and variety for years. Also, bulbs are another plant you can throw in the ground and enjoy for years, and they should do great in clay soil (lily of the valley, lilies, daffodils, crocuses, etc.). Wildflowers are another simple option. I’m a fan of poppies and cosmos.
My parent’s house has super clay soil (yay PA), and day lilies and clematis LOVE it. The clematis is a beast. Our neighbor gave us peonies for my birthday when I was little, and they’re still thriving…though you don’t want to plant them too near your house because they’re ant pollinated.
Post # 5
@missmouse29: UK weather is a little erratic! Wales – where I’m from it’s quite rainy, about 25 degree’s high summer, then around -1 in the winter. I like high and low plants – I prefer plants indigionous to the UK but have no aversion to exotic plants. I love snapdragons – they’re so fun, I loved them when I was a child – so hopefully when we have children they’ll enjoy them too!
@Minutiae: I love the idea of the peonies!! and the daffs (since I’m Welsh!!). Clematis are lovely and I’ll definitely give them a go, I might have a go with one of those mixed wild flower seed packet things to go in the lawn!!
And by the way does anyone know of good plants for butterfly’s and bee’s ect.??