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Plants for pond edge

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 10:25

Wondered when you'd appear Hosta!  

Great for overhanging a pond edge. The plants - not you Hostie   

Which trees to plant in a small ish garden?

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 10:22

I'd echo Tetley's Amelanchier. Delightful in several seasons. It's a very small space if you want five trees though. You could also try a Sorbus  (Mountain Ash/ Rowan) which have fairly light canopies - but bear in mind that 5 trees of any kind  will create a fair bit of shade once they get going in a space that size. 

 You'll also have to be careful with leaves in  the pond so make sure you can  get access to net it if you pick deciduous trees. 

North-east facing front garden ideas

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 10:16

You could simply make that one along the back deeper - about four feet. That will give you a lot more scope, or take a curve from the start of the left hand one across to meet the other side.  Draw a simple plan on paper and play about with shapes if you want to make anything bigger.  

It's hard to see in your pic but I assume that the 'rear' wall is stepped up at the right side to meet the right hand wall? You could have lower growing planting on the left side which would spill over the wall and soften it a bit. Roses might be good for there - I don't grow roses but you could start a specific thread for suggestions if you liked that idea. Carrying on with pansyface's suggestion, some of the smaller evergreen Azaleas would also be fine there. 

Think about colour too - keep the flower colours to a minimum to avoid a clashing look, but if you want a riot of colour then go for it - and keep the foliage colour similar to avoid giving you a headache!  A repeat of something like Hellebores will tie everything together, and you can also do that with bulbs for this time of year. 

Plants for pond edge

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 10:04

It will be great Lucid  

A few evergreens will help to blend it all in. If you can incorporate a slightly boggy area at one end you can grow lots more too. Line with some pond liner and make a few holes in the bottom. Layer of gravel then soil on top. There are lots of bog lovers and damp ground lovers which will thrive and add to your whole picture. Astilbes, Primulas, Solomon's Seal etc  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:58

Glad you caught my message T'bird. I thought of PMing you, but I reckoned you might see it on here sooner. 

Is your OH a professional photographer? I love looking at other people's pix 

I'm thinking of getting a dressing gown to replace my fleeces now - seems to be the in thing!   Maybe not purple though....  

tulip growing problem

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:51

They're  a short variety Renata - Red Riding Hood. They're different from the tulips we normally think of - the bigger types you see a bit later in April/May  

Growing sage

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:35

I have no problem with rosemary (potted)  but sage is a no go here...

It would probably have been ok here this winter, tucked against the house wall in a pot, but I don't have time to faff with borderline stuff. I have to be ruthless! 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:28
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Hosta, you could just tie a ribbon around it



My mind is boggling....  

North-east facing front garden ideas

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:26

Hi Peter - it's a tricky little plot but there will be a solution. The narrow borders will limit the scope, but you can have year round colour. 

What height are the walls? 

The shade means lavender won't be happy so I wouldn't try that, but Camellias and Hydrangeas will probably be fine. I'd position them where they're protected from the early morning sun, so the two farthest corners would be ideal. You could then have clematis on the wall in between them, underplanted with perennials (the Hellebores will be fine) to give a more formal look. There are plenty of plants which we cansuggest for a shady area.

If you prefer informal, you could use one Camellia as a main evergreen, with some of your other choices filling the rest of the borders. The deciduous ones can be underplanted with bulbs for spring. Repeat planting is a good idea to give a bit of unity to  the area, but you'll have to choose carefully because of the size of the plot.

To make a real impact, make those borders wider, or make one big one in an arc across one side. That would give you more scope to plant.Otherwise you end up with a line of random shrubs which never looks very successful. 

Amazing Encounter

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:08

The south east is a 'bubble' though, aym, and while people continue to flock there for work etc , it will only get more populated and all services will be stretched to breaking point.  Britain is small, but not every area is like that - fortunately!  

Loads of areas for beautiful wildlife and scenery all over our lovely British Isles   

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