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Ground Cover Question

Posted: Yesterday at 20:36

Chipped bark would be better than slate. Because it is quite rough it will stick and not roll down the slope. How much of a slope is it? If it is too steep then nothing will stay in place apart from plants.

Helpppp! 24 x1 metre border- clay, shady and next to fence- lucky me!,

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 16:51

Looking at your photo again - I would put a tree in the grass on either side of the end of the path that goes down from the fountain to the border. Then put some statuary or a big pot or something eyecatching even a seat in the border directly opposite the path end. That will draw the eye down the path from your fountain to ground level and not up to the fence and neighbouring house. The standard roses could be placed in the border in front of the posts as long as you have no problem with concrete from the posts, otherwise just space them evenly along the border. Bulbs can be planted front, middle or back of the border - just plant them in clumps. Daffodils and narcissi are quite cheap to buy in bulk at the moment. You could start off with a couple of standard roses and buy more as cash permits.

Hard pruning of roses

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 16:30

I have been itching to cut back my roses for weeks now despite the late bloomers - they have grown so tall and are so untidy. I will probably try to wait another couple of weeks and then prune fairly hard. I only ever prune them at the back end, never in spring, and they do ok. Even with the harsh winters in Scotland. Each to their own.

Plant ID

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 16:22

Could it be a viburnum of some description?

Helpppp! 24 x1 metre border- clay, shady and next to fence- lucky me!,

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 21:15

You could put a line of standard roses along with your geraniums underneath. It will look very formal but so does your garden. The roses will give you some colour and height and help to distract from the fence. A border 3 feet deep does not give you too much scope for biggish shrubs. Perhaps even a couple of trees to help screen the neighbours house. Do you want to put some climbers on the fence? Pop in some spring bulbs as well. None of the above would involve lots of maintenance.


reseeded lawn

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 19:36

Did you reseed the whole lawn or just patches? If just patches, I would plant the crocus bulbs in the non-patched bits.


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 19:33

Despite the name, I think they will flower in spring. Are you worried that you have put them on the bottom and you think they will be the first to flower? You don't say what bulbs you have put on top of them but if they are daffodils or crocuses etc, your tulips will still be last to flower.

Clearing a garden

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:52

How about an Euonymus alatus for the front garden?

Clearing a garden

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:50

I think a BIG pat on the back is in order Mr Toast! Looking good!

Inexpensive suggestions for improving garden

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 18:17

Is the shed currently sitting on concrete? What direction does the garden face?

There are two things you could use to cover the concrete path and/or shed base - gravel and chipped bark. However both will have problems keeping in place - you will need edging and neither are particularly good for a seating area unless you go for benches rather than chairs because the surface will not be stable enough for chairs. Decking might be a better option for the seating area despite all its faults.

The back wall can be hidden by fixing some 6x6 trellis panels and growing scented and/or evergreen climbers up it. The rest of the garden needs a tidy up - grass cut regularly and the borders edged and weeded. Again climbers can be grown up the fences or some espalier fruit trees.

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