Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:42
I'm not sure anything 'holds back the weeds' DD. We have an area of woodland that is a nightmare as it's overgrown with brambles - that never fruit -and green alkanet which has immense tap roots and is a devil to get up. Having said that it is a magnet for bees which redeems it a little but, no bones about it, it is a THUG!
I'm planning to try Rubus Tricolor, described by the RHS as 'deciduous or evergreen shrubs, often scrambling with bristly or prickly stems bearing simple, lobed, palmate or pinnate leaves and 5-petalled flowers followed by juicy, sometimes edible fruits'.
I've seen it growing in the woodland garden at Dorothy Clive Garden in Shropshire and as brambles seem to grow so readily here thought that might be a good one as it is prostrate rather than arching. Bluebells are wonderful - we have those, as are snowdrops. Be careful about wild garlic as I have read they can takeover given the right conditions. Wood anemones are also beautiful, and as someone suggested honeysuckle - but make sure it's a native one as they will look more natural and have a delicious perfume.
Good luck with your project. I shall be building a hide in our wood next week with my seven year old grandson - magical!