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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 ...
Will it get much sun? could we see a pic? I'm thinking of doing something similar, but not thorny.
South facing. I'll get a pic in the morning.
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.
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?
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
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!