Weed membrane good or bad?
Our front garden has recently been paved over, leaving a long bed in a wall that needs planting (I had some good advice last autumn in another thread). I have not yet planted anything! The builder said I need weed membrane if I am to put slate chippings on it, so the current situation is that thick black membrane has just been laid down and chippings have been ordered.
However, I notice that today it has been drizzling and water is collecting on the membrane. Is that OK or should I ditch the membrane while I have a chance?
I won't have much time to deal with the garden, will probably be moving. I am thinking of putting in three White Fairy roses and some euphorbia, and now worried they won't get enough water. I put off the weed membrane decision for ages because I didn't like the idea, but I did want the chippings. Although I now think I would have been better with small ground-covering flowering plants, it is almost too late to change my mind.
Picture here. Many thanks for opinions on heavy membrane.