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Plant for privacy in front of house

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:03

Acers are deciduous so you won't have year round privacy. The best idea is to have some evergreen shrubs. Many of those are fairly maintenance free - only requiring a bit of pruning now and again. 

You'll still have to wait a while till they get big enough to give you that privacy. There are plenty to choose from depending on the aspect and soil conditions - Eleagnus, Viburnum, Ilex (holly) Mahonia are just a few. Rhododendrons, Pieris and Camellia are fine if you don't have alkaline soil  

Last edited: 05 September 2016 10:04:25

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 09:39

Lovely Pat - had to Google Plumcot! Are the fruits good to eat?


Posted: 05/09/2016 at 09:08

Found this pic - you can just see the yarrow in the background - tailing off at that time of year. These wertaken in early October.  There's some Verbena Bonariensis in there at the back  too. That borderwas about 6 inches wide, although very deep.


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Posted: 05/09/2016 at 09:03

I like Faithful ...and Faurygirl  Novice 

I grewit in a garden round the corner where we had built a deck . I made a narrow border along one edge and filled it with Yarrow and Sedum. I don't think they were ever fed or had anything done to them 

We're on clay here too - so perhaps it was pure luck that I put them there and not anywhere else!

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:57

Nice one Verd. I'm considering Ruby Wedding, Venice or Claret - slightly redder so that the flowers will stand out more against the shrubs behind - and my clematis Etoile Violette. The dark sweet peas didn't show up well enough against it, so some more reddish purples and whites might be better. I'll go to the nursery one day this week while I'm off - they have all of those three.  

I turned your pic for you LP. It's beautiful  

Camera Talk

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:13

It's a 'big sky' GD  

Loads of grouse, mountain hares and bees as well. I think the grouse are like the cows in the Larsson cartoons - they're sitting there playing cards and drinking Jim Beam, and when I appear, they go 'quick lads, act like proper grouse - fly up in the air and give her a fright'...

I'd intended heading down the road and into another glen to do a Corbett there, but the weather had closed in. I'll go back another time. Ideal for a quick winter walk as long as the road's open - which it often isn't if the snow's not behaving!

Sweet pea threads

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:07

Unfortunately, when David asked for his account to be removed, he didn't realise all his posts would disappear too Sparkles. 

If you have queries about sweet peas - start a thread and us mere mortals will try and help you..  

Acer in distress

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 07:41

I hadn't noticed the dead grass  

It would have to be a fair bit of weedkiller though - surely - to damage it?  

Beech problem

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 07:39

I'd agree with fidget - beech is very tough so , unless the entire hedge looks like that and there's a different issue entirely,  it will  probably be fine. Weather conditions this year have meant that many plants and shrubs have had more pests and diseases than usual. It's sometimes just the way nature is. 

If you're bothered by it, and it's a small area, you could remove the affected leaves. 

What would look balanced in large ceramic boot?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 07:33

Do you have a 'spring in your step' now Breathe?

I'll get me coat...

Glad you've found something that works! 

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