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Problem soil near sycamore

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 18:47

Thanks, yes, Sarcococca I should have said is on my list for shady area and for fragrance and indeed, may be the one I choose, all things considered.

Problem soil near sycamore

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 17:01

Thanks Jo4eyes for you substantial answer. Point taken about pH - we are on the chalky side here. She wanted a shrub to fill the gap so I suspect a good hole with plenty of compost/food, regularly topped up will help. We could try heucheras and begenias, lamium/ivy/vinca and trachystemon beneath. Will get to it. Many thanks.

Thanks Obelix - does anyone know if sycamores exude toxins?

 

Problem soil near sycamore

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 23:27

Thanks for these responses. She could certainly try bulbs.  I thought a Nerine might survive for this time of year. There is actually quite a lot of light as the canopy is high and the beds in question face south/ south west. She was rather thinking of small shrubs but the Skimmia she had did not survive and a Pieris in a pot is not happy unless raised off the soil, hence my soil question. I was wondering about Olearia which doesn't mind it a bit dry? Dry woodland plants might also work I suppose.

 

Problem soil near sycamore

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 21:52

A friend has found that plants are not thriving in soil near a large sycamore yet do grow well away from the edge of the canopy spread. Apart from competing for water and nutrients, could the tree roots be having a toxic effect on surrounding plants? What solutions could she try?

What do you think of this combination?

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 21:33

Sarcococca, scented evergreen for winter rather than Mahonia perhaps.

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