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20/05/2014 at 13:52

I need advice on the best plant for my situation. I have a bank that borders a river. At the moment it is overgrown with nettles. I need a plant that will give good cover and stifle the weeds, have a root system that will help bind the soil and in so doing help preserve the bank.

 

Colour would be nice and the ability to withstand immersion for up to a week at any one time.

 

Any ideas ?

 

Regards,

Mark.

20/05/2014 at 22:15

Hi Mark.

 

Hey friend, there are loads available.  Several rose species will do the trick.  Also some Ivies and cotoneasters. If you wish.  Give me a while to get over my present medical problem, I will be only to pleased to reserarch.  Please remindn me.  PM me.

20/05/2014 at 22:39

I find Symphytum officinale, comphrey does that job very well but maybe that's closer to a weed than you want to go. Iris pseudocorus is good as well. and Filipendula ulmaria, meadow sweet. One of the willowherbs, Epilobium hirsutum has a lovely pink flower and spreads nicely.

The comphrey and the willowherb are seeders as well which can be a disadvantage in the rest of the garden. Especially the willowherb that has windblown seeds

It you want something shrubby;  willow, cut back regularly if you don't want anything tall, and the coloured stemmed dogwoods will cope with inundation.

I'd kill/remove the nettles for a start though 

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