Squeez­ing a quart into a pint pot

Amateur Gardening - - Your Letters - Jane Shred­der, Bed­ford­shire

I WANTED to share with other read­ers that it is pos­si­ble to grow so many dif­fer­ent plants in a small space. Here’s the view from my bed­room win­dow of my lit­tle but busy front gar­den. I wanted to have some­thing low main­te­nance, which of course now it is not! At the last count, I had over 70 dif­fer­ent plants in­clud­ing 13 dif­fer­ent dahlia va­ri­eties.

The Phlomis rus­seliana does seem to grow very large and take up valu­able room but the blooms are cer­tainly worth it in early sum­mer. Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis is one of my favourites to­gether with salvias and Cephalaria gi­ganta and the bees love them.

My in­ter­est started in my 30s and height­ened af­ter losing my dad so I guess the nur­tur­ing and cre­at­ing was ther­a­peu­tic for me. My 3-year-old grand­son helps me find and dis­pose of the end­less ear­wigs in my dahlias as well as slugs and snails. They are very well trained!

“I find it ad­dic­tive and ther­a­peu­tic plant­ing and cre­at­ing a mass of colour,” says Jane

Mak­ing the most of lim­ited space

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