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Hi I moved into my house 2yrs ago and battling badly with me lawn, it was just moss and weeds to start with plus a massive conifer at the front. Weeds have nearly gone, it now has lots of seed down which we have been putting down for the last month with lots of watering.

Now I have a massive issue with other people and dogs! Sick to death with shooing people of my garden, we are not allowed to put up fences, so I am looking at bordering my front and left hand side with lovely flowering bushes. I have seen some stunning rose borders on the Davis Austin web site, the ones in particular have a size 4 ft by 4 ft. Would you grow anything between the rose bushes? 

hopefully my pictures will work below of my lawn ( it’s in a sorry state at the minute) and the rose bushes I am thinking of.

thank you in advance



  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,629
    Can you tell us how much sun it gets (morning, afternoon, both, neither?) and what sort of soil you have? As long as it's not really poor sandy soil and there is sun at least half of the day, I think roses will work, but I'm sure someone more expert will be along soon.
    Whatever, for planting any shrubs you should dig a reasonably wide border (to accommodate the expected final width of the plants) and unless you have really good fertile soil, dig in something like compost or rotted manure (roses in particular like good rich soil). Plant the shrubs far enough from the pavement so that they won't overhang it when fully grown. Smaller perennials like hardy geraniums would look nice in between. I'd suggest choosing your roses/shrubs first, then choose other things to complement them.
  • Jomac1972Jomac1972 Posts: 9
    Hi Jennyj 

    Thank you you for your reply. My front garden gets full sun from most of the day.
    i am not yet sure what the soil is like, I have plenty of horse manure (have horses) and will be planning on a wide border. It’s a bit of a blank canvas at the minute.

  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,629
    edited May 2020
    Sounds ideal! Well-rotted manure will improve any soil type.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,159
    Berberis, Mahonia, Pyracantha - they'll keep the b*ggers off. 
    I know the problem only too well, and I sympathise. 

    I was fortunate that I could put a fence up when I moved here, and I added a blackthorn hedge for good measure after seeing two teenagers run across next door's grass, then mine, and jump the fence. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,564
    Berberis is good, you wouldn’t want to get to close to our oil tank. Police advise. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Jomac1972Jomac1972 Posts: 9
    Thank you I will look into your suggestions x 
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,629
    Or choose roses that are particularly thorny >:)
  • Jomac1972Jomac1972 Posts: 9
    I have just ordered the bush roses and looking into some hardy geraniums to gap fill the rose bushes. 
    My next door neighbour also thinks my lawn is part of her drive 😡 

    thank you you everyone for your replies. I’m new to this site and found it very helpful.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,159
    Ah - the lovely inconsiderate neighbours @Jomac1972. Don't you just love them eh? 

    A big row of rocks is about the only solution to that.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    I would put something prickly around the border. 
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