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GR11GR11 Posts: 3

Hi. I am in the process of having my small garden improved and putting down some decking and sleeper planting areas as well as some stone. 

I could use advise on two areas, firstly, I have retained a small bordering hedge row for privacy in the garden and have added some sleepers below it. I would like to prepare this for winter and my gardener/landscaper has suggested an evergreen clematis? I'd also like to 'fill it out' a bit and increase its density.

I'm also going to plant something underneath but it'll need to survive below out of the sun-any ideas? I was thinking small grasses eg Black Dragon. 

Any ideas welcomed.

Thank you



  • GR11GR11 Posts: 3

    Thank you. 

    That's leads me to an interesting article below. I need something which is a bit of a climber too to help fill out the hedge, particularly in winter. 

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,251
    What is the hedge made up of? You may be able to thicken it up by trimming it, or planting evergreen hedging like cotoneaster, holly etc into it if there are gaps. Photos would be helpful here! Not that C. armandii is a bad idea. (It could end up densest at the top of the hedge though as it grows towards the light).

    Tons of ideas for planting the shady hedge bottom. Liriope muscari, the more shade loving Geraniums like G. phaeum, G. nodosum and G. maccrorhizum, evergreen ferns, epimediums.... the list is endless, and really depends on the style of your garden and the character of the hedge (native hedge or suburban/formal). Black grass (ophiopogon) will grow there if it's not too dark, but won't show up well, being black. Liriope is similar, and has attractive blue flowers.
  • GR11GR11 Posts: 3

    Thank you for the advise, I will certainly take a closer look at all of these. 

    Unfortunately I can't upload a photo for some reason. The hedge is a privet (at least that's what I'd describe it as - its thorny! - its the original hedgerow from before this estate was built). My problem filling it out at the bottom near the root structure rather than further up but this has given me some good pointers. 

    I've bought some interesting clematis varieties today so they're going to go in along side the hedge.

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