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9 hours ago, Steve Bullman said:

Need some advice on what to plant. We are having our block paved driveway widened. I was going to leave a 30cm border between our drive and the neighbours to plant something. I had in mind Rose standards or something similar. Don't need a screen as such, but would like some sort of greenery, and something that doesn't interfere with us opening car doors.

 

Now due to the amount of concrete sloping down from the neighbours side, its making it more difficult to plant something that will actually thrive. Landscaper suggested making the border wider, but that will leave the parking area a little tighter and negate the whole point of doing the job in the first place. Any suggestions what might work here please?


 

 

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Irish yew kept trimmed narrow or red robins as standards look nice

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9 hours ago, Steve Bullman said:

 

 

Anyone know much about Bougainvillea?

Might survive outdoors in the Scilly Isles but wouldn't last two minutes in your neck of the woods.  They get very large anyway.

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15 minutes ago, nepia said:

Might survive outdoors in the Scilly Isles but wouldn't last two minutes in your neck of the woods.  They get very large anyway.

Yep I quickly discovered that after reading into it more.

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Willow hedge. Plant thin whips of willow. These can be the end of branches. You can make them to the height you want. once they have rooted they can be crossed over each other at angles. It can be very thin and kept easily. And removed easily if ever needed. I remember seeing it in a RHS encyclopedia book one time and it sounded interesting.

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Euonymus was a  good shout.

 

It's a pretty demanding environment for plants Steve; are you planning to dig out old soil and replace with good stuff?  At the very least you're going to need to improve what's there by the look of it.  Look after the soil and the plants will look after themselves (almost).

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Have a look at small Phormium. They come in all sorts of colours and variegations these days.  They'll take burning sun and very well drained soil; they won't take cold soil that sits wet in the winter although they are pretty hardy if the drainage is good.

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31 minutes ago, nepia said:

Euonymus was a  good shout.

 

It's a pretty demanding environment for plants Steve; are you planning to dig out old soil and replace with good stuff?  At the very least you're going to need to improve what's there by the look of it.  Look after the soil and the plants will look after themselves (almost).

Its a new build, only a year old. The top soil thats been dug out looked pretty decent to be fair. Will probably add some fertiliser to it if needs be though.

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