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Help me plant a new border - backdrop/structural plant ideas



  • I do have a holly bush that I am struggling to find a space for - ilex aquifolium.  One of those quite expensive but not well thought out purchases and it is waiting for a home...

    Could that work on the left?  My fear is it will take up far too much space over time and, sadly, I may need to abandon it to a neighbour!
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,465
    Holly can be clipped as topiary etc. but you do need to keep on top of it. There's one in a front garden near us that was kept as a "lollipop"  many years, then the house changed hands and it's now taller than the house.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    Personally, I would go for a narrow/columnar camellia in the left corner. It would act as an evergreen structural backdrop plant and it goes well with woodland or shade planting.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,895
    I think  the holly would be lovely. They're slow growing, and easy to keep tidy if needed, as @JennyJ says. Happy with shade too.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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