New border advice

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New border advice
« on: March 03, 2021, 18:05 »
So with a lilac bush dying, new fence panels installed (2 were linked) and with a new found interest in gardening one of my side lawn border is due for some TLC.
Itís currently 0.5m wide and 5.5m long. Iím thinking of widening the border, thereís currently a stepping stone path that runs parallel to the border which is approx 0.5m away from the edge of the border. Iím thinking of widening the border to around 0.85m so that I can still use the path. (It gets used a lot, my office is at the end of this path).

So my questions...
Any comments on design? I have a few Dahlia tubers I got cheap that Iíd like to plant in this area.
Is the width ok (canít really move the path though) but I could go all the way to the path. I was think of leaving a little gap so it didnít look odd in winter but could have flowers brushing on to the path in the summer.
Theres a buddleia and Japanese maple currently in the border that Iíd like to keep but guess I could plant underneath that.
Also should I prepare the beds before planting.
Any other comments on what to do, what to plant etc.

Thanks

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Re: New border advice
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2021, 18:57 »
I'd add some compost/manure to refresh the bed and dig it over to remove as many of the lilac roots as you can, because it likes to sucker all over the place, in my experience.
WRT what to plant, what do you like?   :D
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Re: New border advice
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2021, 18:59 »
0.85m would give you more depth to play with, and less of a strip of lawn to mow.  Also, you can get a rain shadow next to a wall or fence, so a wider border might help address that issue a little more.

You don't say which way the border faces and how high the adjoining fence is - how much sun will plants in the border get?

The addition of organic matter (compost, leaf mould, manure etc) will always improve soil quality, no matter what type of soil.

But additional fertilisers will be dictated by the nature of the planting.

Think about how much of the planting you want to be permanent (shrubs etc.) and how much you want to be annually replaced.  You don't want too much immediately underneath the acer and buddleia because of competition for water, nutrients and light.  How big are these existing plants/trees?
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Re: New border advice
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2021, 19:09 »
Thanks for the quick replies!

My garden is pretty much east facing and this fence being on the left is north.
The fence is about 5í with a trellis piece on top.

Owing to the fence replacement etc I reckon Iíve got most of those roots out, getting them out was a task though so wise words there!
Both the buddleia and the acer are around 5 to 6í tall but not too bushey
I donít think I want too much in the way of shrubs just some colour and greenery spread. Maybe some tall grass?

Whatís a rain shadow?


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Re: New border advice
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2021, 20:56 »
A rain shadow means the fence will stop rain falling onto the soil right next to it.  Imagine an ordinary shadow cast by sunlight from nearly, but not quite overhead.  The dark shadowed part would be the dry area where the rain misses.

A north facing border still gives you lots of options for plants, but it will be a cooler shadier area and sun lovers might sulk a bit.  Hellebores would do well, as would ferns, Japanese Amenones and hardy fuchsias.  Grasses generally want south facing spots, but you could try Carex pendula.  Liriope looks like grass, but has pretty purple flowers in autumn and copes with shade.  There is a green leaved form and a silver variegated one.


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Re: New border advice
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2021, 21:11 »
Just clarifying further - if the garden faces east, and the fence is on the left as you look out towards the garden, i.e. on the north side of the garden, then is the border on the south side of the fence?

If that's the case then you have a greater range of plants which will like the conditions.

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Re: New border advice
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2021, 21:21 »
Thatís correct Yorkie. I should have made it clearer, my garden is east facing so the fence on the left is to the north but as the border is this side of it they are south facing.... (itís been a long day but Iím sure thatís right) however my neighbours side of this fence would be north facing right?



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