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View of side garden.


By Dwyllis

View of side garden.

This area runs down one side of the house, with the only planting in it being a nice lush border of agapanthus up against the house. By doing a bit of weed-pulling along that fenceline, I have discovered what I think are two separate agapanthus (am hoping they will be a different colour or variety), & I think I have found a lone iris skulking in the faraway corner, where my big Phoenix Italia fountain will soon be sited. The pergola is not great, but scrubbed down & painted, with something lovely growing up & tumbling down through the roof, I think it will end up looking quite good. Maybe a white wisteria? A rose? A robust clematis. Morning sun only ... any ideas? That big table & chairs will soon be moved on & replaced with a small circular table with just two chairs.

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When I was looking for the hardenbergia i noticed there is also a white one. A rose would not worry about the sun in the morning only and it would not be a problem having sun on it first thing either. If there is a roof of any sort over that pergola and you are planning to sit under it i would keep the roof. Plants send down an awful lot of debris.

16 Sep, 2011


Yes, there is a white hardenbergia & I was tempted to get it, but got the purple instead. I will probably end up with the white one elsewhere in the garden, as I do love climbers. There has been a roof over the pergola at one time, but nothing there now ... just small broken bits of it where it was attached to the wooden frame. I have swayed between wanting to re-instate the roof, or having a climber hanging down from it. My OH would prefer to put a roof back in, & you are probably right about the debris ... & maybe the odd spider or two dangling down in front of me as I enjoy my morning cuppa!

17 Sep, 2011


I would still put a climber to go up the pole & over the roof .... my OH is wanting to put square wood pillars over the original metal poles, as he doesn't like the metal poles at all, but I am thinking it would be easier to train a climber up the poles.

17 Sep, 2011


It will be easier to attach climbing aids for your plants to wood rather than the metal poles. I saw a lovely idea in a garden run to help adults with learning difficulties learn how to be gardeners. They had covered metal poles with concrete and made it look like bark. They put netting wire on first and it provides a rough surface to give plants something to hang on to as they climb. would that appeal to either of you.

17 Sep, 2011

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