Under tree planting

Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
I have cleared a new section of bed in my sunny side , clay , full sun (when we get any) , rooty under hawthorn hedge with an young ish elder tree . Not sure now what to plant ....can anyone give me some ideas . I have seen under planting for shade but not full sun.
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  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    I would say anything that grows in full sun, just be wary of the amount of moisture available though as the tree will take alot of it.

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Thanks Dave , could be trial and error then ... Goes from very wet (sloping field behind draining through ours) to baked image I shall go for safe bets this year and see what happens .
  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    I would think if you dig a decent hole and give it a good start with plenty of fertilizer/compost it should be ok. 

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    image fingers and paws crossed image
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    On my sunny side (clay) I have an area by next doors hedge where I plant shrubs that take my liking. No plan except to watch height (don't want a 12ft giant) and spacing.  Trying to get a balance of flowering and interest through the year. This is on going but so far have planted Kerria japonica(cos I like it - spring) Buddleiea globosa (yellow ball type flowers- earlt summer). Weigelia (early summer , lilac, sambucus nigra, hydrangea vanille frais (late summer) At moment is underplanted with weeds, snowdrops, daffodils, muscari, and there is a lovely large leaved variegated ivy that has come over from next door. It's a do as you like border where I am leaving things to their own devices. 

    When full I will start to think about perennials that are large like that very tall scabious. but not yet

    I decided that not all garden need to be regimented

    Hope this helps imageimage

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Thanks Rosa , that would fit in doing that with rest of that side , a real mix (I like mix not regimented image )
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    It means if you go to a GC and think 'I really like that' you know where it fits in also I find saves weedingimage

    I'd take a photo but you wouldn't see much as some stuff is very small - either cuttings or cheap, so is swamped by 'undergrowth'  image

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    The side I've joined up to starts right at front of house planted by previous land owner, with laurel moving up with birch , willow, hip rose , then pergola with honeysuckles , dog wood, bamboo, birch , tree forgot name of again, spireas, laurel , hazelnut , onto brooms , kerria , yellow dogwood, then it's new bit with hawthorn and an elder. Rhododendron do well out here so planning one of those , some weigelia , filling in with various lupin, geranium, ....I shall end up with a long list image
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

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    Exciting biting!!!

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
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