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04/06/2013 at 15:46

This is a long narrow slope in front of an alder hedge and next to some steps: poor, sandy soil (but we could improve it with garden compost), mostly in shade. I'd welcome advice on ground cover that would spread quickly - will have to net it at first because hens & ducks are loose in the garden.

There are photographs here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c4vf2zaultnz55n/C0I2JABi8V

04/06/2013 at 16:06

Can't access your pictures Gillylal, could you try again?

04/06/2013 at 16:12

There were 2 photos in a folder. Have put both directly into Dropbox now:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/s5ju7ojuq7mbjce/photo1.jpg

 

and  https://www.dropbox.com/s/kteza8699dojz8w/photo2.jpg

04/06/2013 at 18:09

Hi gillylal,

As sandy soil on a slope will lose water quickly I would maybe go for some varieties that hold up well in that soil type.

Some grasses might help to anchor the sand and help reduce water loss.

For groundcover maybe Oregon Stonecrop or Moss Phlox (although the shade may limit the Phlox).

Flowering Quince loves free draining soil and possible bulbs that may grow okay in sandy soils could include foxglove and bluebells (although I think you would have to dig in some good ).

Mahonia 'Winter Sun' is a good shrub for the shade and likes free draining soil (again would add some humus/good compost). It can grow throughtout britain although can get a little big- although bounces back well from a good pruning now and then!

Hope you find plants which suit your needs!

 

 

 

04/06/2013 at 18:26

It looks very narrow. I'd let the hedge come forward and fill the gap

05/06/2013 at 09:27

Thank you, Crazy Cat. Some helpful ideas here.

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