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Visiting Irish Gardens in October

I am bringing my mother to Ireland October 7-18th and we will be in Co. Kerry and then Dublin for two days. She loves gardens and we would like to visit a few. Will there be flowers that late in the season? I am thinking of Bantry, Ilnacullen, Muckross and a couple of gardens in Dublin. Do you have any suggestions as to which gardens will show best at that time of year? I have been in Ireland in March and June previously and saw amazing plant beauty. Will fall offer anything comparable? ilona, Raleigh, Outside Ireland Posted: 25/07/2011


Most of the gardens will have autumn colour at that stage and the ones you mention should be good.

In Dublin, try the DIllon Garden, Sandford Road, Dublin and Mount Usher Garden, and Powerscourt, both in Co Wicklow are only 20 miles away and worth seeing, and the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 is always worth a visit, a historic botanic garden, dating from 1795.


New Garden - Help I'm a complete novice!!

We have a brand new garden and have an area approx 6mx6m that I want with plants/shrubs of some kind in. I want Zero Maintenance if possible but want it to have some colour and look nice, I was going to put a weed block down with bark on top in between the plants. I live in Mayo so we have a lot of rain, and I'm on an elevated site so it can get very windy, the soil has a lot of clay in it. I would be extremely grateful for some ideas of what to plant. Jomoyles, Ballina, Co Mayo Posted: 07/04/2010


An area of 6 metres by 6 metres, could accommodate a tree, such as a sorbus that would withstand wind. Or you could plant a trio of trees.

With that you could try shrubs such as potentilla, forsythia, hypericum, flowering currant , mahonia, spirea and viburnum.

Flowers such astlibe, bergenia, hosta, brunnera, phormium and filipendula could be used to bring some colour.

Bark mulch is not a good idea on heavy soil as it makes the soil too wet and plant roots rot. It is a small area and easily hoed until the plants grow big enough to shade out weeds.

 More plants at: http://www.garden.ie/plantdirectory.aspx





How to hide some pylons

I have some pylons within view of my house. Now that the leaves are falling off the trees they look closer than they are. How do I cover these up? What are the best trees/other to make the garden look lovely & draw the eye away from these? What's the best way to plant them & where's best to buy them? Fi 2009, Batterstown, Co Meath Posted: 15/10/2009


The design principle in hiding a big obstacle like a power pylon is to have the blocking trees or other objects close to the observer. Your hand, placed close to your face, can hide your full view, but less so at arm's length!

Start by looking out of the windows of the main rooms and see where best to place groups of trees, hiding the ugly objects and framing any attractive views within the garden or outside your property, such as a nice tree or building. You can create attractive views within the garden by siting a pond, summer house, stature or specimen tree.

When planting groups of trees to hide ugly objects, plant a mixture of deciduous and evergreen, about one-thrid the number in evergreens.

Almost any kind that suits your fancy and your soil conditions can be used. Choose from trees in our Plant finder:  http://www.garden.ie/plantdirectory.aspx


  Steep bank along road

Steep bank along road

Just wondering what would be best to plant on bank (see attached photo). Bank is along busy road. Would like something relatively maintenance free and perhaps some colour. Roadside faces north. Soil quality would be average. Many thanks. cmas, , Co Meath Posted: 06/06/2009


The most simple solution to this would be to plant with trees and make a nice grove. Use birch or hazel, relativley small trees with some holly, perhaps wild cherry mixed in. Kept weed-free for four ro five years, little maintenance will be required after that.

More information on garden woodland at: http://www.garden.ie/easycare.aspx?id=601



North facing back garden

HI Gerry, just bought a new house in Kilcoole. Back garden is northfacing and I have built a shed & open roofed area across back wall. garden is small but slopes towards house. What would be the best design & plants for this garden? I do have 2 stella cherry trees, 1 Hazelnut tree, hydranga x 2 and a number of others, what would be the best locations for these? dovepetals, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow Posted: 26/03/2009


You might try to grow the 'Stella' cherries agains the walls as trianed trees ... it is possible to grow fruiting cherries in this way and they take up very little room.

The hazelnut can be placed ina corner where some its bulk can over hang the space outside the walls. I can also be pruned, or coppiced, to keep it manageable. The hydrangeas can also be thinned out each year after the firs few years to keep them small and they cna be planted in relativley shady places.

More on plant requirements at:  http://www.garden.ie/plantdirectory.aspx




clusters of trees

Hi Gerry, we are just starting to design a fairly large garden. We live in a fairly windy area and sometimes get a slight frost. There are a few areas I would like to grow clusters of possibly 3 trees together. I particularly like evergreen trees, some with a bit of colour, I would be most grateful if you could give me a few suggestions as to what trees would look good together. Thank you, Martha Martha, Sligo, Co Sligo Posted: 11/04/2008

 If the garden is large, say 1,000 square metres or more, you should think in terms of planting areas of trees, woodland style. It is possible to have small pockets of woodland planting in corners and near boundaries, leaving openings for views.

Groups of three trees are effective but really are the equivalent of a single specimen. It is best to use just the one species in a group. Evergreens are fine, especially broad-leaved evergreens but be careful about using coloured kinds. A general rule is to have no more than one evergreen to three deciduous kinds, and one coloured foliage kind to ten green ones.

Rather than make specific recommendations, which need to fit with your requirements mainly, these guidelines will give you some ideas and you can get more details from the listing in our Plant finder.





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