Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:28
I'm developing a small woodland area at the bottom of our garden which backs onto woodland. It's much lighter now we've removed a couple of huge evergreens, though our neighbour's evergreens continue to cast some shade. However there is dappled shade now and lots of scope for planting. I've so far planted dog and briar rose, field maple, euonymous and wayfaring tree; also a rowan and wild cherry.
We had a huge overgrown elder and as it was only flowering and fruiting high up, we cut it right back hard. I was hoping it might re-grow but after 6 weeks it hasn't done so yet. Have I killed it? Do elders respond to being cut back hard? I was hoping it would behave like a coppiced hazel (we have one we've also cut down hard and I am sure that will re-grow).
I want to plant wild clematis, black bryony to scramble through the shrubs. Does anyone know the best place to buy hedgerow plants?
I also have a blackthorn which has grown a bit large. Should I leave it like that or risk cutting it back, and if I can prune it, when's the best time to do it in order to minimise damage or loss of flowers and fruit?
Any advice welcome!