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 I have a large Walnut tree at the bottom of my long, narrow, terrace house garden. The area around the base of the tree, about 3m x 3m, has loads of spring bulbs. They look lovely during spring, i cut them back after they've died and then there's just soil during summer. Within 2 weeks of cutting the bulbs back I have a weed patch.

 I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for what I can do with the area. The area doesn't get a lot of light because of the walnut tree.

 I'm not a very experienced gardener, so some "dumbing down" might be required.

 Any help would be much appreciated.




  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    If you don't want a lot of work you could strim or rough mow the area to keep the weeds down and stop them seeding. There are plants that will grow under deciduous tree. Raising the canopy, (sawing off the lower branches), can let more light in.

    I have cyclamen just appearing under trees now. Astrantia will grow in shade but would need extra water, aquilegias as well. Several hardy geraniums, G. macrorrhizum is very good in shade

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,324

    Lucky you - I love walnut trees and walnuts.  However, one of the difficulties is that the tree roots exude a substance that prevents some plants from growing near it. 

    This may be helpful

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Thanks for the quick replies!! nutcutlet, i like the ideas with the different flowers you've mentioned, i'm not shy of a bit of work, i might give that a go. i struggle to find all the different types of plants in my local garden centers, could someone recommend a good online website? i know there's lots to choose from, so a recommendation would be great.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

     Unless you're in a hurry consider growing from seed. Much cheaper.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,324
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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