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I’m looking for advice , what would be the best shrubs or trees for me to plant on this side of the garden, as on the picture. Conditions: - slope; next to massive pine tree so lots of pine needles most of the time; very dry and hard, compact soil although I’m trying to improve it with manure; gets sun in the morning. I need to make it look a little less sad and want to plant 3-4 shrubs along the green fence that would be basically bullet proof - hardy, ever green, can survive tough conditions; and would still look nice - to give me some greenery to cover this space. Any tips would be great! 


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    There are various types of Euonymus which cope well with difficult conditions, once established.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,699
    Aucuba, spotted laurel, is pretty tough, though I know several people who don't like it! 
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 624
    Hi - Elaeagnus ebbingei might fit the bill - evergreen, tough, fast growing but can be trimmed. Not exciting but I like it as an attractive foliage backdrop.

  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
    Hawthorn or cotoneaster?  Fit your spec and will attract wildlife too. 

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,234
    You'd probably want to include some non evergreens or it will look a bit boring. Cotinus is a tough one.  Perhaps rugosa roses like Rosarie de L'Hay.

    For tough evergreen ground cover Prunus 'Zabeliana' is quite useful, and Pyracantha 'Red Cushion' but you'd probably plant quite a few for a dense cover.
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