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Plants to hold back soil

My neighbor's fence does not reach the ground on our side so soil is always falling through and making a mess on our patio.  Our side of the fence is in the shade.
Could anyone suggest plants that will grow in a narrow shady spot to create a mass of roots that will hold back the neighbor's soil.
Thank you for your help.


  • I agree with Hazel.
    Fill in the gap under the fence first.
    Wood, bricks, concrete...anything you can buy or scavenge.
    Maybe people on Gumtree in your area can help.
    Useful items are often given away free.

    Then you can plant what ever you want.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,940
    It sounds as if your garden is lower than the neighbours', and possibly a bank was cut away when the patio was laid.  I would build a small retaining wall with sleepers, bricks or blocks (ensuring drainage) and fill it with topsoil and compost then you can plant some trailing plants to edge the patio.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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