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Completely agree with Anne sticking to one plant in those two brick raised beds - hope you thought that's what I originally meant! Agree Bamboo a bit pricey and slow to do the job. The Calamagrostis would reach full height in second year and would do the job beautifully. By cutting it down in late winter you would gain valuable spring light into the patio. Two 2 or 3L plants in each side would be fine so not bank-breaking. A few narcissus around base would add a little spring colour.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2011 on Crowdsourcing my beds at Horticultural
My first thought, looking at the two beds in the picture, was something tall and airy in both beds, to semi-enclose the paved area and create a sense of mystery beyond. For an evergreen, I'd suggest Fargesia nitida. Deciduous: Calamagrostis x actutiflora 'Karl Foerster'. Otherwise, a two tier effect with something like Astrantia major 'Moira Reid' or 'Shaggy' combined with Verbena bonariensis
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2011 on Crowdsourcing my beds at Horticultural
I worry less about the financial cost of bird seed than the ecological cost. Where is all this seed being grown? What crops does it displace? Are our UK native birds benefiting at the cost of more vulnerable wildlife elsewhere? Are we teaching our birds to be dependent on us? Of course I still feed them, but I do worry about it.
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