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Plants for awkward corners

Posted: Yesterday at 14:59

Hello, Firstly I would get the sycamore tree cut down - it looks too close to your conservatory/house and could potentially damage the foundations.  Ideally the roots should be removed as much as possible but this may be too big a job. You would then have much more options for replanting, after digging in lots of manure/lead mould to improve the soil first.

The second corner could be improved by trying some of the existing climbers horizontally as low down as possible across the fence - you should get more blooms this way. Is it a honeysuckle or clematis on the left and a kerria japonica on the right?  You might then like to try a choisa ternata which is an evergreen small shrub with scented white flowers in batches throughout the summer. Give it some room (2=3 ft) behind it so it has some room to spread and again improve the soil. Don't go for the yellow version as it doesn't like too much sun.

Hope this gives you some ideas.

Killing Ivy in a Hedge

Posted: Yesterday at 14:44

Hello Karen,  If the hedge definitely belongs to your neighbour and is not a shared boundary, then it is his problem and not yours.  You are within your rights to insist he deals with the ivy at his expense.

As you are a council tenant, you could also ask them to remove the ivy, but I wouldn't hold your breath!

The easiest way to kill ivy is just to keep cutting the stems at ground level if you can get to them. The old ivy will eventually go brown and die off, but it's quite hard to actually get it off the wall.

Hope this helps.

Camellia buds and pyracantha tips

Posted: 14/01/2018 at 15:17

Have you thought of the implications of ongoing maintenance? Most hedges in my experience don't tidily stop growing at 6ft and can also get pretty wide.  We have a monster of a berberis hedge a previous owner put it, which was a double layer, 10ft high x 6ft wide. It's absolutely vicious, with thorns about 1 inch long which go right through the soles of your wellies - really painful. We can't really manage it and it costs £100=£200 each time we have it cut, which it needs several times a year.

You also need to think about watering and whether the wall is strong enough to take the weight of the sleepers, the soil and the hedge itself.

Food for thought?

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 01/01/2018 at 16:08

Just been out in brilliant sunshine this morning here in Bath, Somerset - very gingerly as recovering from a recent major op, but reckoned I could kneel down and hand rake leaves off some of the flower beds - again!  All was well and I was really enjoying myself, then I realised I couldn't easily get back up again - stomach muscles not fully in working order yet, so that was a bit tricky and OH out of sight somewhere in the house.

BUT have got some snowdrops ready out - the Russian ones which are always early and lovely deep pink buds on some hellebores - really cheered me up and I'm just itching to get back in there and get started on the New Year's gardening.  Slowly, slowly as they say!

Privacy from neighbours

Posted: 20/11/2017 at 11:15

I like Buttercups suggestion of trellis on the side of your porch, I hadn't thought of that but it would be a brilliant way of giving you shelter and privacy. A 2ft x 6ft panel would probably fit although you'd have to check the measurements and trellis is comparatively cheap and easy to put up.

Grasses screening: Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' for screening

Posted: 19/11/2017 at 18:55

Yes, it's an upright form. Looks good over winter but needs to be cut down to the ground when the new shoots poke through.

Please help ID my granny’s tree :)

Posted: 19/11/2017 at 17:37

It could be a Trachelospermum asiaticum or jasminoides,  one is slightly hardier than the other but I've forgotten which one.  If you google on both varieties, it will probably tell you.

They're both slightly tender, evergreen with lovely white flowers and a beautiful perfume, so it depends on where you live I guess - the further North, the less likely they are to survive, but in the south they should be okay.  Your nan's garden looks lovely.

Good luck!

Grasses screening: Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' for screening

Posted: 19/11/2017 at 17:24

I bought Miscanthus "Flamingo" which has slightly pink flower plumes and looks great.

Whatever you decide, don't go for bamboo, you'll never get rid of it, it will likely spread all over your garden and it could split the wall apart, as one has near us!

Privacy from neighbours

Posted: 19/11/2017 at 17:17

With only a foot and a half of space between the two houses, there will not be room for a wall, as the footings would be need to be on their half as well.

Instead, the easiest option as someone else has suggested, is a trellis fence, with the posts on your side, on which you could grow something like an evergreen climber, which could be trained sideways along the fence. I would also think about redoing the front path as a dogleg outside your front door and then going diagonally across your front garden which would take you physically away from your neighbours a bit. You could then plant slightly taller plants in the triangle nearest to them. What I would say is  don't get all uptight about the 18" of ground which is on your side, it's not just worth the hassle and unpleasant neighbours could get even worse.

Winter hedge trimming

Posted: 19/11/2017 at 17:01

Leylandii doesn't regenerate once branches are cut, so if you reduce the depth, you will be left with bare brown branches and trunks.  If the height is cut, some of the branches lower down will then grow upwards and will eventually cover the leading shoots that were trimmed, but it looks very ugly while it is doing so. It all depends where the hedge is and whether it can be seen from the house for example. It's why Leylandii is not a good choice for a hedge, although quick growing, it just doesn't stop!

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