I have a stone terrace in front of my house and I had a garden bed
constructed there. It's a stone "bed" about 2 feet high, 8 feet long and
three feet deep. I filled it with mostly sand and stone - and bits of
broken terra cotta tiles, which are everywhere here - and then put about
6 inches of bagged planting soil on top of that. This bed gets a tiny
bit of morning sun, then shade through most of the day and then a brutal
session of hot afternoon sun.
This year I planted geraniums, fuchsias and impatiens, and also put in
some nastutium seeds. THe geraniums seem very happy. The the impatiens
that get the least amount of sun are very happy, those that get more sun
in the afternoon are dramatically unhappy, and I've positioned a beach
umbrella to shade them through the worst of the hot sun. The fuchsias
are in pots and I ended up moving them from this garden because they
wilted so dramatically - it also gets hot in this garden, which has high
walls on all sides. The nasturtiums are strange - they have put out
leaves that will soon take over the whole yard, but have just started
producing a few flowers in the last week or so.
So now I'm trying to figure out what to plan for next year. The
geraniums are happy, but I'd like to have something to give a bit of
variety, and I'd rather not have to be worrying about an umbrella to
shade the impatiens at the end of the garden. Any ideas?
Also, last winter I planted pansies in this bed and they didn't flower
at all until late in the spring because the garden gets almost no sun
through the winter. (I'm in the South of France, where the winters are
mild.) Any ideas for something to give some color to the winter garden?