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Low maintenance plants for new 2 acre garden

I am just starting to plant a new 2 acre lawn area at the rear of a residential cluster which has a bank of rubble and soil from the development at the right hand side which I propose to cover with a good quality topsoil and plant with maintenance free colourful plants/ shrubs 
To the rear is an old cut back whitethorn hedge with gaps and spaces adjoining a 12 acre green field
i am think of plant something in front of the whitethorn hedge
All suggestions and ideas are welcome 


  • Just to let you know that this project is based in Ireland 
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Seeing it's waterlogged, I'd plant some thirsty willows and alders, which like such conditions.
  • Thanks
    I’m not sure that it normally holds the water. It is just that the new lawn was seeded last autumn and I took the photos yesterday after hours of torrential rain with storm Denis
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 6,823
    I think I'd plant more native hedging in front of the hawthorn - making a really thick hedge, great for birds.  Blackthorn, elder, guelder rose, dog rose, more hawthorn maybe.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
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