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Shrubs For Around A Raised Percolation Area.


 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:00 pm    Post subject: Shrubs For Around A Raised Percolation Area. Reply with quote

A newbie to this forum.
(Found it on Google. A great informative forum - no short answers either unlike more.)

Previous posts have offered some ideas on grasses/perennials to plant on the perc area itself.
My question is what shrubs would suit the perimeter of a raised percolation area?
I'd like to have some bordering to both delineate the edge and effect anti-flooding during times of heavy rains -- which maybe often in coming years.
Clearly something with a good appetite for water, good colour all year round, roots not too deep, height not so much as to block view of flowers within.
Native species preferred but all shrubs growable in Kerry considered.
Perc area would be about 15m x 10m.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

suitable shrubs for damp sites.
Cornus alba. Spirea van houtteii. Viburnun opulus. Sambucus albovariegata. Salix species. Prunus spinosa.
in the outer drier parts try hydrangea, crinodendron, viburnum tinus, Prunus otto luyken.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.
A good selection there.
Pity all native candidates are lacking in colour.
Any opinions on buckthorn alder for here ? Some say it's suitable for wet ground.
Guelder rose ?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about variegated ivy on a small trellis fence?

You've then instantaneously decided the exact height of your screen.

Ivy can't stand being waterlogged but if it's not, then it'll hoover up occasional overflows.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting.
Could do both if the trellis isn't too dear.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bthorn wrote:
Thanks.
Any opinions on buckthorn alder for here ? Some say it's suitable for wet ground.
Guelder rose ?


Guelder rose is Viburnun opulus as mentioned by michael brenock.
Really worth considering provided it will not hide planting behind.
More on it here....... Native Guelder rose ... Viburnum opulus ... An Chaor Chon

I would have similar to say on buckthorn alder.

One plant that is not native but grows low, in damp soil, and at a rapid spreading pace is Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'
It may be suggested to you in the garden centre, but realise if you plant it, be prepared to live with it.
It's invasive if not kept under control

More soil mounding to above the flood table will open you up to so many more planting choices.
So consider that as well.

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