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What would you plant here?

Hi,

I have a gap in our front garden that needs filling, but I have no idea what kind of shrub to use. 

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Ideally I would like something that will grow to fill as much of the gap as possible. The house next door is rented, they do not garden, so what was a beautiful flower bed with Iris' is just getting taken over by weeds- so I guess I'd like it to have enough cover to help reduce that problem too. 

The flower bed gets sun all day long, and is quite sandy. 

Husbands only request is that whatever goes on doesn't root too widely as it is close to the house and he worries about subsidence etc.

Any suggestions will be very much appreciated! 

Thanks :-)

Last edited: 11 June 2016 15:01:00

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  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Escallonia. There are loads of different types and they produce very pretty flowers. 

  • Thanks PP! Could this be one that I already have in the bed, next to the empty spot? I've never known what it is- lots of white flowers that the bees love. 

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    If so I'd happily plant another!

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    HaHa that's the very one. I like them as an informal hedge/hole blocker upper. image Generally speaking they have pink flowers.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    HaHa that's the very one. I like them as an informal hedge/hole blocker upper. image Generally speaking they have pink flowers. I have one which blocks the gales at the side of my house and one that drapes itself all over the place from next door. Two very different growth habits.

  • Flowerlover3Flowerlover3 Posts: 219

    I'd try Gaura as it's sandy in full sun.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Why did that come up twice?

    Why did that come up twice? image

  • Thanks Flowerlover, I'll look that up! 

    PP, that's so funny, I took that picture today to post a plant ID question, so this thread should kill two birds with one stone!

  • PP, I fear my Escallonia might have leaf spot- I think you can see it at the bottom of the photo. That might explain why there's been so much die back, two years ago it was twice the size, but lots of it just died and left brittle branches. At the time I put it down to some builders having to dig a trench very close to it. Maybe another Escallonia isn't a good idea? I don't want to buy one only for it to get leaf spot image  I like the idea of that kind of shrub though. 

    The Gaura is pretty, but I think I'm after something a bit denser. 

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,205

    Howabout a ceonothus - evergreen, so will fill the gap, and spectacular with blue flowers in Mayimage

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
  • Chicky, that looks lovely! Seems like it would be a nice fit for the space....plus the flowers are gorgeous, I love blue flowers. 

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