- 17 Nov 2004
This is something I've been thinking about for my father, as his mobility is limited and becoming more so.
It sounds like you've already got some good ideas, patiopal, if you're thinking of planters and raised beds and whatnot. Depending on what sort of light your patch gets, select perennial plants that will come back year after year - if you've got plenty of light, things like Echinops ritro, Achillea millefolium, Rubeckias, Sedums and Heleniums will attract bees and butterflies and look good in winter when frosted. Grasses provide movement and soften edges and will also provide some nesting material for birds.
To save on having to spend a lot of time weeding, mulch the beds well with small-chipped bark, which will make it harder for weed seeds to germinate. A good mulch will also mean less watering is needed. The blackbirds might chuck it about a bit when they come looking for worms and insects but it will help to keep your soil healthy.
Get yourself some magazines and look at all the pictures and try to visit gardens for ideas. Going to Wisley is a good start.
I hope you can find something that suits you well!