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JerrySheehan
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:05 pm    Post subject: Greetings Reply with quote

Hello,

I'm relatively new to gardening, we built 2 years ago and last summer started cleaning up outside. The lawn is done, it needs some TLC after the winter but it is getting there. We got a small few beds planted last year but nothing too big. In the last few weeks I started opening up some more beds.
Where we built is windy to say the least, The borders for the site have been planted with laurel hedging and it is developing well but will be a few more years before it provides any bit of So I'm mainly here to find suggestions for plants that will survive in a wind tunnel. I hope to find suggestions that will help have at least some part of the garden in bloom and providing colour no matter the time of year.
So far I have had success with lupins, holly bushes, Japanese maples and a Chinese silver birch, that seems to be doing well.
Basically I have pretty much a blank canvas to play with so looking forward to learning and getting ideas.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Japanese Maples normally don't like wind so you're doing well with them.

For wind.
Viburnum Tinus. White flowers in winter. Evergreen.
Cortaderia Richardii. Evergreen. Plumes all year.
Cedrus Atlantica. Evergreen. Maybe too large for your garden, though.
Phormiums. All colours. Evergreen. Plumes in Autumn.
Winter flowering Heather. Evergreen. Purple or white flowers.
Bamboo. Architectural. Probably would need root barrier.
Drimys Lanceolata. Evergreen. Very floriferous.
Drimys Winterii. Evergreen.
Buddlia Globosa. Semi-evergeen. (Not your normal buddlia.)
Photinia Red Robin. Red foliage in Spring.
Loquat. Beautiful tree.

Going away from the usual, maybe consider gardening in Troughs, maybe put in a Jungle section, evergreen perennials such as Phlox, Juniper bed, water garden, etc, etc.

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JerrySheehan
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feed back. I'll look into your suggestions.

To be fair the Japanese Maples are in the most sheltered part of the garden and they came from myparents garden where they were getting too big.
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