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Posted: 06/08/2013 at 20:50

The two that spring to mind are lavender and box but as Paula says it depends on aspect etc so if you can give us that info Chris it narrows down the search! A lot of plants can be used as hedging and just cut at a low height but I'm guessing that's not what you mean.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 20:38

Gilly -that's  even worse! 

This forum is a bit of a joke!

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 20:34


TinaTurner wrote (see)

Gilly, when our Verd and FG get together, they revert to being children. They need chastising. No cake for them.

This forum is a bit of a joke!

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 19:42

Please don't Tina- it'll frighten the horses....

Could be worse- she could be Daniel O'Donnell....

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 19:34

I'm here MrsG and Tina!

More fence done today but not much else as I had other things to do as well, and I was chatting to a man who walks his dog past the house so that took up a bit of time...

Forum seems to be working....I'll say that quietly just in case!

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 19:30

Peter- that's bad!!! 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 19:21

Great pix Deano and KEF! And smashing spuds Archie!  

KEF- it'll be fine - I'm sitting behind it so I'll keep an  eye open for any probs ...

Forum up the creek

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 14:31

gardenfantic - I don't use explorer either so it's not that.

As  Daniel has said here - hopefully the issues will be fixed soon and we'll all be happy bunnies!!

Thanks Daniel 

Planting for 45° bank

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 14:20

You have a big project there Hfl - very exciting though! We had an Acer  next to the bank too (which you can see just next to the stone gate posts) but it was the wrong location for it- too exposed and sunny. They would be lovely if you want a slight Japanese touch. I think whoever planted it did so because of the colour!  Groundcover plants that knit together and stabilise the bank would be a big help to you. The Vincas previously mentioned are ideal for that, as is BL's suggestion of hypericum - it's taller too so you get a contrast. The problem with lots of ground cover plants is that you can end up with everything the same height which is very uninspiring. We had a  pencil conifer for vertical interest (not in that pic)and you could use something like that very effectively - there's a blue/green juniper that is similar. At the foreground of my pic you can see where the area flattened out and there was more conventional pond side planting etc. That end of the bank (right hand side of the path) had phormiums and crocosmia and hostas. It all had to be bunny proof!   Some of those could be incorporated too for your oriental look and are all pretty low maintenance. Ferns are another good plant beside the pond and are easy to maintain - the Hart's tongue varieties are evergreen.


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 13:41

 Mark, weedkiller can be used if that's your preference but you may need several applications to get rid of persistent offenders and you'd have to be careful not toget it on plants yu want to keep. Another alternative is to smother them thoroughly with black plastic so that you deprive them of light, and leave them till the late winter/spring so that you can start afresh. Are they on an area where you could use a lawn mower or a strimmer? If so, you an use that to cut them right down first to make it easier. If not, shears will also do the job. Some weeds -like horsetail- can still make their way underground to pop up at the edges where they get the light but you could  tackle those individually if that happens. Many weeds are made worse by digging unless you are very thorough about getting every little piece of root out -eg bindweed - as even little pieces left in the soil will regrow.  

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