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hi again, ive got a fairly large bedding area (20ft/25ish) (3/4ft wideish) at a slight slope against a wooden fence and thought id would be fairly nice to plant some largish shrubs to create some colour all year round, trouble is im new to all this and have no real idea what to start looking for, I would like shrubs that are need very lil maintenance if poss, thanks soo much again image


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,094

    You could do with a book on shrubs. That could give you an idea, then Google them to find out more. There are a lot of spring and early summer flowering ones, such as lilac (normal and the little leaf one), forsythia (if you like yellow, some don't), deutzia (many sorts, small pink to big white), philadelphus (white, tall, perfumed), weigela (pink, red, variegated, kolkwitzia. Also shrubs with different leaf colours, such as Choisya (ternata has evergreen shiny green leaves, Sundance has evergreen shiny golden leaves, Aztec Pearl has evergreen smaller green leaves, masses of white flowers in spring), Sambuccus Nigra Black Lace, euonymus with variegated leaves.

    For later summer and Autumn there is Fuschia Riccartonia which is a hardy fuschia, Ceanothus Gloire de Versailles (may need a sheltered spot, buddleias, Vitex agnus-castus (grows quite big), Caryopteris (not big)

    It also depends on soil, all the above grow in my rather alkali soil. Many other shrubs for acid soil. It depends on light and sun and dry or moist. So there is a lot to find out! But fun doing it.

    All shrubs need extra watering the first year until they become established. Most will need some sort of pruning, late flowerers in early spring and early flowerers after flowering.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • nellie85nellie85 Posts: 12

    ok great thanks, theres quite a bit to think about, will have to plan for next year now then, thanks so much ximage

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