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Anti dog bush!

HI folks,

I'm new to this so forgive any ignorance displayed!

I'm looking for suggestions. I have two raised beds about 2x5 ft and 3ft deep. I'm looking to plant something colourful but sturdy in order to keep dogs out of the beds (Labradors). (they wont go in if there is something there). There is already a semi mature rose bush in each one which I don't want to get rid of so if there's anything anyone can suggest that would not compete too much with it?

Any and all suggestions welcome!

Cheers in advance.


  • What colour are your roses' flowers?  There are some Hebes that don't get too big and might do the trick, such as Midnight Sky (dark foliage, purple flowers late summer), or Daphne (Transatlantic- scented white flowers in summer).

    Otherwise find a garden centre and pick something you like the look of (but do note it's height and spread).

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,886

    How about a dwarf philadelphus? Or one of the smaller euonymus. Or a tarentum myrtle. Or a convolvulus cneorum.

    Is your soil acidic or lime? Is it sunny in that part of the garden? Or windy?

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • HI Bob/Raisingirl,

    Its not sunny really and it is pretty windy here in Scotland. The roses are pink and dark pink. What colour are Philadelphi? (is that the plural for that? they sound interesting. Then soil is on the acidic side.

    Thanks for talking to me!

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,626

    I don't want to rain on your parade but if my pair (a Lab and a Wheaten terrier) see, hear or smell something, nothing keeps them off the beds.  I've had to fence a new bed off in this new (to me) garden to stop them trampling it while they "wave" at next door's dog.   

    Having said that, any sturdy shrub should do well and there are all sorts of shapes and sizes from horizontal conifers and cotoneasters to more upright version plus more roses, hebes, euonymous fortunei  (evergreen varieties) , lavenders, osmanthus, pittospermum if you're not exposed, patio version of buddleia and so on.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • Ruth170Ruth170 Posts: 8

    Euonymous, any type, have done the trick for me. I have 4 cats, 2 of them are very very naughty in the garden, but my 3 euonymous are more than better, and I'm sure they have nearly everything to them. Buy them a bit grown up, not too small. Besides these plants are very easy maintain.

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