M Fent

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Hawthorn Topiary

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 13:34
The Pyracanthus against a wall does look very good. I think Hawthorn would look good trained as a pyramid, especially in spring with its blossom and then in autumn with the bright red haws; ready decorated outdoor christmas tree anyone?

Theres a thought: if you clip Hawthorn will it flower? And will it produce haws?

On a different note I realise when ive already posted a question, the answer to most is very much give it a try becuase plants behave and adapt very differently to the one next door etc.

Watch out Chelsea Flower Show, sales of Hawthorn is going to sky rocket!

Small is beautiful and can offer life to many creatures

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 22:24
Is artificial grass really that wildlife friendly? Even if it doesn't impact wildlife on day to day basis, the fact its made of plastic (correct me if I'm wrong) has a negative impact on the environment.

However I do love the mixed hedge you have planted which will be bustling with birds and insects.

Hawthorn Topiary

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 15:46
Has anyone on the forum ever tried to 'topiarise' Hawthorn? I read Arne Maynard writing about it but wondered if anyone had done it in real life and not at Chelsea et al.

North Facing Border

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 13:58
Im was thinking gravel however we get a lot of leaves from the wood at the back and im thinking trying to sweep them off gravel will be a pain. All the other paths in the garden are concrete with large aggregate mixed in which seems to give some grip. That path will also be used heavily so maybe gravel will get tracked around.

North Facing Border

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 12:23

It is good to hear other people who are in the same situation. Can you suggest any plants that do particularly well in your garden topbird? Is it possible to get some photos? It is always good to get inspiration

North Facing Border

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 20:45
Good idea fairy it will definitely need some structure to keep it interesting through the winter.

And the mirrors are something to consider

North Facing Border

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 20:28

how do they compare with plants grown in direct sun? 

North Facing Border

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 11:03

Hopefully Jo!! the wall was actually part of a grain pit, which was what it said on the tin, a pit to store grains for the animals. We just extended it to reach other end near the garden shed

North Facing Border

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 21:24
You give me hope hogweed

North Facing Border

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 18:52

id like to recreate something like the first photo

but struggling to decide which plants would cope in my situation 

 (Looking north, can see that the sun doesnt even touch the beds during winter) 

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