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Native plants

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 11:39

I am having a new house built as my current one has so much structural damage due to a previous owner taking out the main structural beam which we have only just found out about 10 years after we bought the house. I have got planning permission for the new house but the council has insisted that I include a percentage of native plants in the garden. I don't mind digitalis purpurea  and primulas but most others like bluebells, lily of the valley, iris pseudacorus etc are absolute thugs and the garden is quite small, only about 20m square. I cannot put a native tree like ash or oak in it. Please can anyone suggest other non take over garden native plants.


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 15:24

Check to see if the soil is acidic, alkaline or neutral, before you go shopping for plants as some are very fussy  about the conditions they like. As its in sun there is a huge choice of perennials which will like this. I would not go just for perennials though as a lot die down in the winter. So add a few low growing shrubs or ones that can be clipped like box, daphne, sarcococca, euonymus, hellebores etc for winter interest and don't forget the spring flowering bulbs. Try looking at the RHS website or crocus website for ideas. Crocus also have ready made border designs which you may like. and



Posted: 18/04/2015 at 15:09

SBK and roundup are bad enough let alone mixing them with paraffin or using vinegar, what else are you killing? I just cover mine with composted bark chippings and while a bit still comes up it is easy to dig it out. The only place I have a lot is on my neighbours fence. It has woven onto my side through the fence and is the only thing now holding the fence up. I cut it once a year using a hedge cutter with a sheet underneath so that I catch all the bits I cut off so they don't root on my side. I always do this once it has finished berrying as all the birds love it. I did once have a beautiful old elm stump covered in ivy and once it had finished flowering and berrying I cut it into a topiary shape. It obviously didn't like this idea and promptly died which I was rather upset about as it was the nicest ivy in the garden. 

There is no demand for them????

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 14:48

I also reuse a lot of them but I have two haystack shelves in my shed which are overflowing with them. I have over 200 3" ones and only want to keep about 100 and have about the same number of 1 ltr, 2 ltr and 5 ltr which I have gradually accumulated over the years. When I go to our village plant sale next week I always feel that I have to buy something as it goes towards repairing my local Church so I will gain a few more pots, though will take some plants for them to sell as well so hopefully take more than I bring back.

There is no demand for them????

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 20:52

Thanks I will try this as I hate just throwing them away.

full shade

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 13:54

Look at Long Acre


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 16:06

It was deer that ate the top of mine as they were too tall for rabbits. Deer also ate all the leaves of my roses one year, they looked very funny when they flowered without leaves. Getting rid of either of them is near impossible a you would need a wire fence going down into the ground 18" and curved up to stop the rabbits and it would need to be at least 7' tall to stop the deer. I have been told that if you hang the hair from your hairbrush on plants that deer will not touch them but I have not tried it out. The rhododendrons that I have that the deer ate have just bushed out, so no harm was done except that I got no flowers. Theses are slowly getting too big for the deer to reach. Check the way the have been nibbled as you can normally notice the difference between deer and rabbit nibbles.

There is no demand for them????

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 15:55

Try getting rid of them is my problem as I have 100s, 3" round and square stacked about 1m tall each of them, 4" both and have a similar number and I have even more 5" ones. It is not possible to re-cycle them anyone any suggestions as to what to do with them? 

Very Shady Garden Area?

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 15:47

Here is a list you can try as they all grow in my woodland garden

Ferns lots of different ones will work in shade, pulmonaria, tiarella, hydrangeas, camellia is soil is towards the acidic side, hellebores, snowdrops, fox gloves, rose zephirine drouhin which is a lovely scented large pink flowering rose, japanese anemones, hyacinths, wood anemones, primula and cowslip. Witch hazels, acubas, daphnes,  sarcococca, vibunhams hardy fuchsias, trilliums, erythroniums, honeysuckles, clematis pieris (if acidic) heucheras, daffodils. For eating: rhubarb and lettuce you could also try redcurrants. for other suggestions try

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