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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
I have been waiting to ask this question on this board!! :T Whey!!

Right - I am a useless gardener, but appreciate pretty things! I would like some ideas please of flowers that I can plant that will pretty much take care of themselves.

My back garden is south/southwest and in full sun. The front garden is in sun first thing AM, but the bleakest spot is always in shade.

I would like something that I can almost forget to water ....... I can remember a bit of prunning now and again too!

Any suggestions and where to buy???? Oh, and I would like a climber and the rest will be in containers rather than borders. (Don't want much!)

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  • I have been waiting to ask this question on this board!! :T Whey!!

    Right - I am a useless gardener, but appreciate pretty things! I would like some ideas please of flowers that I can plant that will pretty much take care of themselves.

    My back garden is south/southwest and in full sun. The front garden is in sun first thing AM, but the bleakest spot is always in shade.

    I would like something that I can almost forget to water ....... I can remember a bit of prunning now and again too!

    Any suggestions and where to buy???? Oh, and I would like a climber and the rest will be in containers rather than borders. (Don't want much!)


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    Hello. I am soooo excited about this board too (sad really)
    How about lavender or baytree for containers? What about an apricot or peach tree for the backgarden? (Sorry not very inspiring, will try and think of some more)
  • I would suggest going for mainly mediterranean plants - I have a very hot, southfacing courtyard garden and have planted the following: Black bamboo, yuccas, cistus (beautiful flowers), climbing star jasmine, fatsia, fan palm, fennel (insects love it!) and a grape vine (18lbs of fruit last year - only 3 years after planting!) and an everygreen clematis. All of these are planted in raised beds with only about 1ft of soil and then hardcore underneath. All can be planted in pots so long as the pot is big enough. Also good are ivies, hebes, lavenders, sage and erigeron (small daisy flowers). For more flowers, pelargoniums hardly ever need any water and will flower like mad all summer.
  • flufffflufff Forumite
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    poundland have some fantastic value multipacks of seeds in at moment and propagation trays :-)
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    Following on from the mediterranean theme, how about rosemary. Likes hot and dryish and you can chuck some in your cooking.
  • AriesAries Forumite
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    most plants with silver leaves do well in the sun,theres lots of differant varieties of perenniel Geraniums that dont need much attention.
    Most Yellow flowered Perenniels seem to do well in the Sun.
    Luck You, I wish I could turn my garden round to face that direction :-)
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    flufff wrote:
    poundland have some fantastic value multipacks of seeds in at moment and propagation trays :-)


    Thanks, but it sounds like I have work to do!!!!
  • Will have to go away and think about recommendations, but one word of warning about climbers in pots. They can do well, but sometimes suffer as the roots come to fill up the pot. Your climber will shoot upwards and outwards for a few years and then invariably stop short of covering your wall, pergola, archway etc. If you can, I'd recommend planting any climber directly into the ground.
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    I have a southfacing front garden and I've planted in it:
    Salvia Rose Queen, a cistus, a broom, Rudbeckia Goldsturm (perennial one) and some hemerocallis. All are thriving.
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  • I have a south facing unshaded patio where the heat can be pretty relentless in summer. As a previous poster said, anything with silver/grey leaves would be good. A selection of lavenders would be attractive, scented and undemanding. I have a rosemary in very poor spot, planted in a wall, that is really thriving. I also have an olive tree and a couple of fig trees on pots which are very happy and a passion flower trained up the wall.

    If you could get into a habit of watering every evening, which is actually a very, very relaxing end to a summer's day, you could think about some vegetables in pots or grow bags. Runner beans are really pretty and undemanding - but need water. Howerever, once you see them growing it becomes addictive.

    Most of these plants, even vegetable seedlings, can be got in B&Q and the like, unless you want specialist varieties. B&Q do special offers on lavenders and so on in late spring but they don't always look after their plants so avoid the ones that look a bit sad - unless you're confident about gardening and you know what is remedial and what is not (like my 75p 5ft Acers).

    If you have one in your area, I find Morrisons good for plants - incredibly good prices for small shrubs and climbers in spring.
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