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Trees and Shrubs : Choosing trees and shrubs

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North facing wall

Please suggest some plants or shrubs or fruit or colourful cover to plant against a north facing wall in Co.Tyrone 300420131, Strabane, Co Tyrone Posted: 02/05/2017

Tayberry or loganberry does well. Camellia trains well on a north wall if the soil is acid, or climbing hydrangea or Clematis montana or ivy.

  deciding which plants and trees

deciding which plants and trees

We have a new build with acidic soil and just lawns done. We want to sow low maintenance plants and trees that do not cost the earth . It is a 2 storey House 180m in from road its an open site with a sweeping drive and lawn wrapping around the house with smaller lawn in front on the other side of the drive, its a blank canvas and I don't know where to start, out in the countryside. I don't want the trees to grow too big but still have a good presence. a limestone wall is at the entrance since these photos. Teresak, Cashel, Co Tipperary Posted: 26/04/2017

Trees are the least maintenance once established a few years. 

You should turn large areas of the grass into garden woodland, 

Buy small trees and keep them free of grass and weeds to grow rapidly. 

Lots more on these aspects at:   http://www.garden.ie/gardendesign.aspx?id=417


Suggestions for native hedge in suburban garden

I would like to plant a hedge in my front garden which will give privacy all year round but also be edible/friendly to wildlife? ( hedge space is 20ft by 3ft) I can plant holly and ivy to keep some winter green as they grow well here. My partner is obsessed with neat hedges and wants box hedging so I would like to have a good alternative Keyra, Limerick, Co Limerick Posted: 24/04/2017

Holly is a good choice, clips well. Hawthorn too, is good for clipping, although it is deciduous. The veil of twigs offers reasonable screening. Yew is a very good hedge, native evergreen conifer, very good to clip neatly.

  Acer palmatum

Acer palmatum

Can you please help me identify a beautiful Japanese maple which I lost and long to replace? A. palmatum type, with five-lobed leaves, undissected, unvariegated or otherwise marked, sap-green in spring, light green in summer, and flaming crimson in autumn. Small (in a pot), lovely loose, leaning habit (not the squat, congested look of some dissect types). I'd be most grateful for your help, as I can't find it in the catalogues. Deborah Ballard, Borris, Co Carlow Posted: 28/03/2017

It sounds like 'Chitoseyama'.

  Jasmine solanium

Jasmine solanium

can Jasmine solanium survives in Ireland . Will I place it indoor or outdoor in garden soil . What weather is best for it and what will happen in winter? sualeha, Ennis, Co Clare Posted: 17/03/2017

The potato jasmine, Solanum jasminoides, does very well outdoors in the milder coastal areas, but can be damaged by hard frost in colder inland areas. It is too big for indoors, possibly in a conservatory.


Barefoot beech too old to plant?

I'm a beginner. I bought 20 bareroot beech about 3 ft in height. I started digging thinking I'd be ready to plant in a fday or 2. Over a week later I'm still digging as ground is impacted. The trees are outside in black plastic bags..will the trees last as I need another's day digging. The bad weather has delayed work as well. Feeling demoralised.. 050320141, Sligo, Co Sligo Posted: 17/03/2017

Keep the plants in their plastic bags out of sunlight and they will be fine.

Use a pickaxe to break up the compacted soil to allow air to penetrate.  


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