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I would like a couple of summer flowering shrubs for the back far corner of the garden. We back onto fields so it is very open, so because of this we need something that would stand wind and all other elements. It gets the sun nearly all day and into the evening. Any suggestions please.....image



  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,547

    Not sure pansy, I'll look it up. 

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,547

    Flowers look quite attractive pansy, but it is described as a tree growing to at least 12ft. Also it has poisonous berries, I have a new little granddaughter so thats something I'll have to bear in mind. Sorry, but thank you anyway image

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,547

    Hi jo, I have a couple of these in my garden already. I love them too, didn't know them as Pheasant Berry though. And funny enough there are a couple of new plants shooting through near the veg patch......that will have to be moved! That could solve one area lol! 

    Would still like something new though  image

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    That one I am trying to ID, very tough, evergreen dense, the birds love to hide in there in winter. Just don't know yet what it is for sure!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,547

    RB, yes they are lovely, did have one once, but it did do very well. But could always try again. Thank you.

    Lol Lyn, glad its not just me image

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,322

    SGL - I'm looking for a similar shrub for one of my borders but it needs to act as a bit of a windbreak for other plants in the border (the wind is funnelled down the side of the house straight onto said border - a lot of stuff doesn't like it there).

    I am considering one of the tougher, fairly fast growing, evergreen shrubs (perhaps one of the laurels) and maybe growing one or two clematis into it for some mid - late summer interest. Would that suit your situation? Don't know if anybody has any views on whether or not this would be successful?

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,547

    Thank you Topbird that's a good idea, I might have a think about that.  On my walks round the village, there is a shrub I really like but don't know what it's called. That would be perfect to have a clematis growing through it. Will take a pic of it next time I go past! 

    Had also thought of a Black Lace, to put down the bottom too.

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,322

    Would like to see the pic SGL - I am quite undecided about what to go for. It has to be fairly tough (without being a huge thug) and be reasonably interesting year round as it will be quite close to the french windows & on display all the time. 

    I have a Sambucus Black Lace a couple of metres from the 'problem' spot. It is a little more sheltered from the strongest draughts and is doing extremely well. I suspect it could stand a more exposed position - especially if kept a little more compact with spring pruning (like a buddleia). I cut mine down to 4" (yes, inches) above the ground this year to encourage it to bush out. It is now 3m high image. Next year I shall prune half & leave half in the hope of getting some flowers.

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    Escallonia? Or one of the evergreen berberis, Julianne, Darwinii , Stenophylla?

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,547

    Yes of course Topbird, I'll pop out tomorrow weather permitting. Its just an evergreen, no flowers and I would think of the fir tree family.  But so delicate and more shrub shaped than tree. I've been looking on web but can't see anything like it.

    Thank you Hosta, will google them image

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