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ideas for steep slope in garden

ideas for steep slope in garden

We are in the middle of having our back garden done. Living in Wicklow town in an estate with a south East facing garden . Relatively sheltered but with a steep slope at the back. We are putting decking at the bottom, outside the back door with steps up to a higher level of decorative stone. Sleepers will divide here and the steep bank where we had planned to cover with decorative bark (over weed fabric) and finish with low maintenance shrubs of some kind. This bank gets a lot of run off water from the gardens above. We have had a drainage system installed at the back of the retaining wall and under the deck. I like evergreens that give some colour like the skylark .. I also like the fetterbush and acres. Perhaps we should settle with ground cover plants and make some kind of rockery instead ? I see Lidl have some lovely ground cover plants at the moment .. like vinca minor variegated among others.. we have been told by some that the bark will not stay on the slope.. would you recommend putting down a hessian mesh on top till it settles in or forget the bark mulch altogether? Any ideas would be really appreciated. Dcgarden, Wicklow , Co Wicklow Posted: 17/08/2017

Fabric and bark is not a good idea...when the bark breaks down weeds grow. 

Aim to cover the slope with spreading lants -- herbaceous and shrubs, but not all low shrubs, some upright kinds as well to break  the flat lines of the slope.

Visit a few gardens in each of the seasons and buy plants that you like and that suit the area.

Control weeds by hoeing until the plants grow and fill the space. 

  Plant identification

Plant identification

Hi Gerry, I am hoping you can identify the plant in the photo. Its pale yellow flowers have just appeared. The leaves have a lovely scent when they're rubbed. It has woody stems. If I know what it is hopefully I can take care of it. 080620161, , Posted: 20/05/2017

It looks like a shrubby salvia. It has suffered some winter damage but should grow out agin soon. Plant it in a sunny spot, or if in a pot, water and feed occasionally.


Pleached trees & safe distance

Would like to install a row of pleached lime trees along the side passage of my house where there is a 1m space between boundary wall and house wall. Would buy these trees from a nursery, they are 8 foot tall at present. Is this feasible? 191020161, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 19/10/2016

One metre is possible, planted close as possible to the boundary wall, but it is a bit borderline.

Future maintenance and pruning would need to be very consistent.

  An unusual tree

An unusual tree

An unusual tree? Seems to be two species in one. Any idea what it might be. adavoyle, Roscrea, Co Tipperary Posted: 17/08/2016

The purple laburnnum is a famous intergeneric hybrid with a 'skin' of purple broom over the yellow laburnum, which sometimes breaks out. It is a curiosity, If the yellow part gets too strong, cut it out ot cut it back immediately after flowering.

  Daphne Mezereum

Daphne Mezereum "Rubra"

I bought & planted Daphne last February in the garden. It has berries, but no leaves. What is wrong with it? Will it get better? henlen, , Co Kildare Posted: 17/07/2016

It looks like it set seeds/berries and then collapsed. It is deciduous but should have leaves until autumn.

Leave it be and see what happens. 

  Tree type

Tree type

I am trying to find out the type of tree that is in a site where we are building a house. I attach a photo of it and a close up of the leaf. 170720161, Whites cross, Co Cork Posted: 17/07/2016

Look likes beech in the photograph.


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