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Posted: 31/01/2018 at 11:52

Thank you so much for your wonderful recommendations- I wish my garden were a Tardis so I could fit everything in!!!

Your suggestions will be considered and very much inform the planning/planting. In years to come, when it's all mature, I'll remember how it all stemmed from here!



Posted: 30/01/2018 at 20:52

Hello. I am planning an overhaul of my garden which is NNE facing, I want to plant a woodland garden. The garden is 140 feet long and 30 feet across and the soil is clay but has been improved over the last 10 to 15 years.

I want some small trees which I plan to plant in about two thirds of the garden but need to consider high winds and neighbours.

I love birch, hazel and holly but fear most species seem to grow a bit too tall. Even when looking at "dwarf" varieties I am faced with wide, tall trees.

Any ideas/suggestions?


trailing evergreen perennial plants

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 21:18

There are some lovely campanula which spread and will trail over a low wall. Sedum are also low maintenance and asters can give a burst of colour in autumn. Maybe small bulbs could be considered? They might take a while to bulk up but really easy to take care of!

Tree ideas please

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 21:10

There are lots to choose from- I recommend you check out the RHS site and look at a few evergreen trees for small gardens. I would consider root spread as it could puncture your pond lining!

Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price'

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 21:01

"Eve Price" has grown to 2mx2m in my garden in West Yorkshire, on top of a moor. It flourishes, despite being in an exposed position. I use it as part of an informal mixed hedge and trim it in early spring.

I think, if you prune in early spring you can restrict its size but it may look gnarled if you trim too much (though it will recover: it's a tough old shrub). It will have to grow to produce those fragrant flowers and dark blue berries and I know, when I've been a bit keen, it hasn't flowered as happily.

Find somewhere where it can spread and do its thing!


Posted: 07/01/2017 at 19:26

Thank you for your help- delighted I can add this holly to my hedge as it self planted from a plant my mother gave me :)

Will plant at a slant!

Thanks again


Posted: 07/01/2017 at 18:42

I am trying to add a holly plant to an already established holly hedge but my new holly plant has a trunk (only about a foot long).

Can I dig the trunk into the soil so the leaves are flush with the soil or will this rot the trunk?

I do not want to risk losing the new holly plant and would rather plant it to grow into a tree than have it die :(

Happy New year to you!


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 10:44

I'm spoilt for choice- thanks all!


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 09:18

We're re-designing our garden and laying a path (always had a grass one until now). Our house is pebble dashed so we will probably want a material that complements the grey pebble. We have cats so can't use small gravel- obvious reasons!

Could anyone give us advice about a cheap way to lay a path but a way which would still be durable.

By the way, we need fair drainage as we have clay soil.

Thank you and a happy new gardening year to you all!

planting birch trees

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 09:08

Thank you both very much!

I wonder if your handle means you like tea, Tetley? Nothing better than a brew when gardening!

I am super excited about growing more trees in my garden- your design sounds lovely, Steve. I think growing from seed might be the cheapest way and what a joy it is to see that seed become a tree!

I will plant the birches 6 to 8 feet apart- can't wait for those deep purple leaves against the white bark....

Thanks again

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