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Planting behind an old pond and hedge

We have an old pond, with brick surround. I would like some advice on what would be happy planted behind the pond, between the pond and the ivy clad hawthorn/ blackthorn hedge & Hazel fence- the space is approx 1m once cleared of brambles and ivy & saplings. Blue bells at the moment. Gets the sun till 2-3pm. Acid soil, plenty of humus from fallen leaves of an adjacent oak but no over hang. Would like a few 'dramatic plants' infront of the hazel fence to act as as screen from neighbours- nothing too invasive.
The rockery area in front should clean up well. To the right of the pond is a butyl rubber lined bog garden where primulas should do well.



  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037
    Whereabouts is the pond in your photos?
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  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,899
    Haha.  It's that bit of mud nearest the burn barrel.  
    Utah, USA.
  • Hi
    in first photo pond is to the right & behind incinerator. You can just see the small brick wall & it has a fallen tree branch across its width.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,251
    Potentially good garden. You could try fatsia japonica, evergreen, suitably exotic looking, not invasive,and can be pruned (just check it suits acid soil, I can't remember. In between, rodgersia could look splendid, but dies down in winter. Google on both and see what you think. 
  • Thanks Lizzie
    got a fatsia just out of picture so I know they do well in Garden. I've got a list of possibilities Ive penciled in from Crug plants, some of there unusual varieties sound worth a try. Only concern was how much moisture was being sucked our of the soil by the adjacent hedge!
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,251
    Is it a privet hedge? Most hedges' roots extend far wider than you would think so moisture is always a problem. That said I planted three rose bushes in a row sandwiched between a dwarf box hedge and a 6ft box whopper 9I know, very silly of me!) but so far they're all surviving and blooming well.
  • Hi, The hedge is mixed hawthorn, blackthorn and a few climbing roses amoungst the hedge. The blue bells suggest there is good moisture at least early in the season
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,899
    Hollyhocks are dramatic, especially some of the newer variations of flower.  They would go nicely with some penstemon.  I'm usually not a cottage garden sort, but some white hollyhocks with some blue penstemon, and some other perennials in that palette, would look perfect there.  
    Utah, USA.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,251
    A mixed hedge should be fine. If you are considering Crug plants, ask their advice.
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