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Hi all, I've made loads of progress and have finally got some plants in my new border, so far I've put in a buudleja sungold, winged spindle and nandina domestica which all seem quite happy so far. My 5L eleagnus quicksilver arrived yesterday so i'll be planting it at the weekend along with a deutzia pulchara and choisya, will post a picture at the weekend!
I note the quicksilver grows up to 4m height and 4m spread but can be kept shrubby if pruned, it'll be near the back of the house approx 1m in front of my boundary fence and 2m away from my decking (to give some privacy from the neighbours).... am I making hard work for myself to keep it pruned to approx 2-2.5m?
As it has scope to grow large should I plant it further away from the house and fence...maybe at the end of the garden? I don't want to upset my neighbours by growing a massive tree along the fence but at the same time i'd like some privacy!
Decided to bite the bullet and plant my eleagnus quicksilver by the fence. So far my new plants seem very happy. I've alreday had some butterflies and bees buzzing about so am really pleased, am looking forward to seeing them all grow...
Well done! So much more interesting now. What about putting some trellis or wires on the fence and growing a clematis? Or is there something climbing there already. There is a problem with this site at the moment for posting photos so they are smaller than they used to be.
Thanks everyone Am quite chuffed with myself. I will definately plant a nice climber along the trellis at some point soon.
Since the weather's got rotten and ridiculously windy I've become obsessed with checking to see if they're all still ok. lol, So far so good...
When borders need restructuring First establish what you want your borders to do: tall plants as a screen, or a see-through effect, with transparent plants of mixed heights? Maybe, like in my entrance courtyard, the borders "seed" the windows, provide great views from inside.
Thanks Birdy13, I think it might look a bit weird if I put the path slabs around the edge of the border as they're quite big squares.
I guess I can just lift off the edge of the turf along the border and lay something flat in there just below the turf level? I don't really like the finish of bricks but would like something narrow, any ideas?
I'm veryinterested in the discussion about plants as I have some newly deplanted borders that need a replan. I had a similar small town garden, with stepping stones which was messy but we have replaced with this block paving and newly levelled grass with timber sleeper border on two sides which is now my blank canvas. Am looking forward to a bankholiday gardening fest!