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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:56 am    Post subject: Totally new to gardening , Need help choosing shrubs. Reply with quote

Hi All,

I've just moved into a new house , I have a 4ft strip by the drive about 120 ft long which I intend to plant with some evergreen shrubs like buxus sempervirens and similar. I will be filling inside the kerbs with top soil with a covering of geo textile to stop weeds coming through with a covering of some type of pebble stone

I would like to know what type of evergreen shrubs go nicely together . I'm open to suggestions on planting schemes formal or informal grouping . As i'm a complete novice I'd like to know when to plant also.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What sort of height do you want these shrubs to grow to ?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi ,

Between 6 and 8ft in height would be good I think . I was thinking of maybe a spacing between shrubs/ groups of shrubs of about 6-8ft also as I dont want a hedge effect .

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are different viburnums and pittosporums which may suit your needs..... also holly, euonymus and aucuba.
Pyracantha and cotoneaster would give you winter berries ( until the birds eat them ! ) but the pyracantha has spines, so you may not want that if people could be brushing up against it......
If you do your research now and plant your shrubs in the autumn/early winter, it will save you having to water them and they will have settled in by the time the growing season starts.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Sive, I shall start researching based on your suggestiions.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As well as Sive's suggestions, consider the following shrubs bbsrs.....

Ozothamnus rosmarininifolius
Choiysa ternata
Sarcoccca hookeriana
All scented in either leaf or flower.

Go to see them in the garden centre, and if possible growing in your locality to confirm your likes and dislikes.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info , I'm off to the garden center now.
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