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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Which Cotoneaster for Ground Cover on Bank Reply with quote

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1. Some of the bank we are going use cotoneaster. Either Coral beauty or Queen of Carpets. Any suggestions on which would be better?
2. Should we use weed barrier before planting or does cotoneaster need contact with soil for self rooting (not sure if does self root or does it just spread out from main plant?
3. Would you recommend vinca minor or heathers for other parts of the bank?
4. we have used ajuga with mixed success.
5. Ground cover rosemary seems to be doing well on another section. Can we grow this from seed?

An suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers
JK


Coral beauty would be my choice out of the two.

Preferable to use a weed barrier, and this cotoneaster does not necessarily need to root to spread well. However if the bank is steep then mulch can slip down easier of laid on top of a fabric. I'll leave that call to yourself.

Vinca minor, heathers and ajuga could be used, but be careful to have clean separating lines as the more rampant groundcovers can swamp the slower or shorter ones.

Rosemary can be grow this from seed, and easier from cuttings or layerings as well; see here...... http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about867.html

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:42 pm    Post subject: Spacing for ground cover cotoneaster coral beauty Reply with quote

Hi James,

Thank you for your reply.

Just a quick follow up: what kind of spacing would you plant the coral beauty at?
As regards the heathers and vinca, do you have a preference for either?
Someone else has suggested junipers, but I am guessing they do not flower. I think as much colour as possible would be best.

Thanks again
JK

I might post a pic at the weekend if the weather allows.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another suggestion as ground cover is Rock Rose.

Spreads. Evergreen. Long flowering season. Weed suppressant. Easily propagated. Loves slopes.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:55 am    Post subject: Re: Spacing for ground cover cotoneaster coral beauty Reply with quote

Welcome mention of the rock rose (Helianthemum) above.

I'd pop coral beauty in at 60-100cm spacings depending on your preference for quick coverage vs. plant cost.

A gun to my head I would always go for heather over Vinca.

The junipers would probably do ok, but in this case I would class them a bit like living rocks, as they will sit there and do nothing.
Why not try and embed some large and interesting craggy rocks in the slope instead.

Don't forget to post a pic of the job as it progresses.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've gone for Betty Ashburner in one half and dammeri in the other - researching both suggest they'll do a great job !!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:35 pm    Post subject: Weed Fabric Reply with quote

Hi James,

Going to go with your advice. Similar questions on the weed frabric, but this time on the heathers and vinca - will they work better with or without the fabric?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Weed Fabric Reply with quote

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Hi James,

Going to go with your advice. Similar questions on the weed frabric, but this time on the heathers and vinca - will they work better with or without the fabric?

Cheers
JK


It does not matter much either way, but I will say that the larger Vincas, like Vinca major can move around a bit in the wind and their growth near to the ground can shift some of the bark from atop the fabric. The fabric is not very nice looking, so you may be resettling bark every so often.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:59 pm    Post subject: Fabric and Heathers Reply with quote

Hi James,

Apologies for maybe being a bit dumb, but I want to make sure I get this right.

I think we have settled on a mixture of heathers so try and have colour all through the year. If we go with heathers, will they spread out, even with the fabric or will we end up with the fabric containing them and having to use bark mulch?

I would hope that the heathers all eventually spread so no soil/fabric is showing.

Also, can you recommend a good mix of heathers?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:01 pm    Post subject: Ground cover strawberries Reply with quote

Hi Brendan,

Do you have any pics of the Betty A and Cotoneaster?

Would love to see how it works.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JK, I'll post some when done but they wont look like much until they manure and cover the ground more.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Fabric and Heathers Reply with quote

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Apologies for maybe being a bit dumb, but I want to make sure I get this right.

I think we have settled on a mixture of heathers so try and have colour all through the year. If we go with heathers, will they spread out, even with the fabric or will we end up with the fabric containing them and having to use bark mulch?

I would hope that the heathers all eventually spread so no soil/fabric is showing.

Also, can you recommend a good mix of heathers?

Cheers
John

Oh the heathers will spread out across the bark alright. What i meant was that they will not root in where their stems touch the ground.

A mix?
Well I would always try and include "Myrton Ruby" , Springwood White", and , Springwood Pink".

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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More suggestions for a big slope. Want something that will grow yesterday and cheap as chips.
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