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Potentilla hedge = too many flowers?

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 07:39

I wouldn't use Cotoneaster as a boundary hedge - it really only looks good growing against a fence or wall on a boundary. Most Spireas are deciduous but there are summer flowering evergreen ones which you could combine with spring flowering shrubs to make a decent hedge. You're right - Lavender's too small. A mixed native hedge would be the best idea if you want to atttract wildlife and you could add beech or hornbeam which retain their foliage if kept under a few metres high. Potentilla flowers for such a long time that it would be a good solution - you could use it with a mix of other hedging to give variety. As mentioned, whites and pale yellow ones are nicest. Bear in mind that you want to be able to clip or trim it so pick other shrubs which won't lose their flowers when you want to tidy it. 

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Posted: 09/06/2015 at 19:35

Up above where it says Gardener's  World. com ,  Maureen 

Two mystery plants

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 07:43

Nice Astrantia Lyn!

nut was on the ball as always  


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Posted: 09/06/2015 at 07:32

Morning all - stop rubbing it in Verd.... Nice just now though

I'll try and cross fingers chicky - but it makes my job a bit tricky if I do 

Ooh lovely W'song - anything that frightens pigeons is welcome in my garden. Sounds more kestrel-y if it's sandy. I love all birds of prey - buzzards are very common up here but it never fails to thrill me when I see them. 

Off for a quick look round before I go. Have  a great day everyone 

2m x 7m Path to nowhere

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 19:48

JBD - a few pix of the raised beds I created. First pic is one of the 2 'boxes' which also have a post in one corner to carry a timber screen.

 This is part of the run of raised beds along a fence. They vary in height and depth as the fence runs at an angle from the back door to the rear fence

 Pic of the above beds from a different angle

 If the concrete is being removed, I'd consider putting a gravel path - much safer in wet and icy weather in a shady area. I've taken all the slabs away and now have golden gravel paths along the edges of the beds.



Posted: 08/06/2015 at 07:33

Morning all - nice here  and I have to work. Typical after yesterday! 

Lovely pic chicky. Good luck to chicklets and ...kitty-en?  Stressful time. Youngest fairy all done - no more exams or school. Think she's quite pleased really..

Hope to get something outside done after work  so see you all later 


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 20:50

So long as the window's open Lesley.....

Always another day for the hills 


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 20:49

Is that your lupins you're talking about Verd? 

2m x 7m Path to nowhere

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 20:48

Do you want to remove the concrete? It would be worth doing to give you more scope, but if not, I'd create a few raised beds - timber, stone - whatever your preference and budget allow. Then you can plant a variety of shade loving plants to give year round interest. I see you already have the white Dicentra - there are loads of other shrubs and perennials which will do well there and make the area less stark. A couple of climbers on your kitchen walls would also be fine if a bed was big enough. Depth is more important than width and length. Spring bulbs will get  the season off to a good start too.

I made a run of raised timber beds of different heights and sizes along a party fence and two 'boxes' either side of a screen with an apple tree in each. Not expensive - just a bit of time and effort. I'll see if I can find the pix to give you an idea if that's of any interest 

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