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Street Planting

May 8, 2017

This Wisteria was recently planted in a good depth of soil in a space on the pavement up the road.  It’s supported with wires against the wall of the house and the base is planted with Geranium maccrorhizum. The house owners are keen gardeners so will give it lots of attention.

When the council put double yellow lines down the back of our terrace here we decided to green up the pavements to enhance the lane with plants. Plastic planting bags from Poundland were cheap enough for the experiment but I will probably replace them with more substantial planters later in the year. They are designed for a short life and tend to tear round the rim when moved but at £1 a go- no complaints. The experiment has proved good and inspiring and it’s a pleasure to see greenery in an urban street.

Here are two of the bags planted with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, one of the easiest perennial plants to lift and divide.  The fleshy, textured leaves look good next to the beautiful, arrow-shaped leaves of Arum italicum, another perennial that’s easy to lift and spread.

Below is Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’ planted around the base of the evergreen Pittosporum tenuifolium. This and a Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’ are the only shrubs that I’ve planted in the lane since watering is crucial for woody plants whereas herbaceous perennials require far less.

Erigeron karvinskianus is the low-growing perennial daisy from Mexico and it has seeded itself along the pavement.  

Alcea rosea (hollyhock) a biennial surviving in the smallest amount of soil,  shares the space.  As soon as the tall spires of flowers set seed nature spreads it along the cracks in the pavement and a neighbour gives a hand to ensure a regular display.

A neighbour has planted an evergreen Cotoneaster amoenus in a pot sitting under a window. It links the windowsill to the pavement providing a block of green all Winter followed by flowers in June.

And it will soon be time for Campanula poscharskyana to bloom with its soft mauve flowers.  It thrives on benign neglect and survives in broken concrete paving all along the street. Here it is mingling with the Mexican daisy.


A recipe from a new Cuisinart ice-cream maker which I can highly recommend. I simply followed the Vanilla Ice Cream recipe and added some orange peel strips. The joy is you simply freeze the bowl, pour in the mixture and churn.

 The very last of the hellebores with aquilegias and Euphorbia robbiae.
6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2017 4:41 pm

    I’ve been making Elderflower cordial and sorbet, delicious. but will give your recipe a go.

  2. May 8, 2017 4:57 pm

    I will try sorbet next since I have blood orange juice in the freezer. It’s so easy and I’m so pleased to have finally got it. I imagine my blackcurrants will make a great ice-cream not to mention the strawberries and raspberries.

  3. May 10, 2017 1:19 pm

    What good choices of ‘lane’ plants. It is hard to beat erigeron, hollyhock and those campanulas for pavement cracks. Do you find watering of your Pondland planting bags and endless task?

    • May 10, 2017 2:59 pm

      I water the herbaceous once a week and try to remember to water the shrubs twice a week unless we have rain. But we have had none to speak of for about three weeks.

  4. May 11, 2017 6:36 am

    I love it when people jolly up a street with planting. There are several planted tree pits in my neighbourhood but an awful lot of weeds as well. Locally there’s a 20ft stretch of wall playing host to erigeron and campanula, it’s a stunning sight. I love the yellow wall that you’ve pictured, that’s a stunning colour combo.

    • May 11, 2017 8:17 am

      Yes it’s a lovely wall colour and on our house and it’s lime wash. I need to remember the recipe since it requires a top up. Nature on pavements really softens the streets in cities we need to do more.

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