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04/04/2014 at 12:51

I've just bought a wooden trough 1m long x 29cm high x 50cm wide.  I want to put it n front of a wall at the front of the house so that the contents grow up the wall and cascade a bit over the front of the box.  I'm thinking of ground cover roses or maybe firethorn .  Part of the purpose is to deter anyone who might just shin over the wall, so a few thorns will help.  Really, the question is whether either or both proposed plants cope in a trough, and what else I should consider (compost, water, etc.)

Advice please ...

04/04/2014 at 13:19

Will it get much sun? could we see a pic? I'm thinking of doing something similar, but not thorny.

04/04/2014 at 20:24

South facing. I'll get a pic in the morning.


05/04/2014 at 10:16


05/04/2014 at 11:33

I think the firethorn would grow well enough there Kirsty adn , being evergreen, it means you have something there all year round. I'd put a bit of trellis on the wall to give it something to grow against for support and you can then train it into a nice shape. I'd use a soil based compost and make sure it doesn't go short of water, bearing in mind the site, and a mulch will help to stop it drying out. They don't need much in the way of maintenance. Berberis would do the job too but Pyracantha grows well as a wall shrub.

05/04/2014 at 20:22

Very smart trough!

Fairyg, do you think she could have some underplanting for the first year or so; Nasturtiums? or something like that? Or perhaps a few bulbs for the spring?

05/04/2014 at 20:47

Absolutely art. Spring bulbs would be lovely - crocus, dwarf Iris and daffs especially, and some nasturtiums popped in would give a bit of extra colour and height while it all establishes. They're no trouble either  

05/04/2014 at 20:58


05/04/2014 at 21:14
I have two of those trough's Kirsty there great and last for donkey's (very well built) I am using mine as veg platters at the moment and there doing great
06/04/2014 at 13:22

Thanks for all that advice. I hadn't thought of the evergreen point. Pleased to hear good reports of the planters too.  I will definitely underplant, just a bit worried I might over do the plant to soil ratio.


And only just caught my spell checker trying to insert underpants into my question!

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