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Plants in Rocky area that is shaded by trees

Could you suggest to me plants/shrubs that would grow in a rocky area that is shaded by trees, plants that spread and don't need a lot of maintances, have already put in heathers and no joy, soil not great in it...would appreciate a few suggestions. fanny, Ballymahon, Co Longford Posted: 28/04/2016

Try daphne, ruscus and sarcococca...shrubs.... and ferns, epimedium and London pride ...flowers.


New to Gardening

I would like to create an area on my lawn which is awkward to mow. It is at the entrance to our driveway. The wall is curved and there would be some shade. I would like something that would not require too much work but would like a bit of colour also and some year round plants. Ronny2014, Aughrim, Co Wicklow Posted: 07/07/2015

Kill off the grass by covering with black polythene or use Roundup.

Use a mix of shrubs, perennial flowers and bulbs.

Vist a few garden centres at different seasons and choose plants that you like and that suit the soil and situation.




circular flower bed in lawn

I have recently made a raised circular bed in my lawn approx 15 ft in diameter. nothing has been planted yet. i am thinking of something evergreen, that will look good even in winter. the soil here is heavy clay.what wound i put in the middle of the bed. dont want shrubs that will take over. any suggestions?. tipptom, , Co Tipperary Posted: 06/07/2015

Use a combination of a few shrubs, perennial flowers and bulbs.
Shrubs will give structure year round. Perennial flowers will give summer colour and bulbs for spring.
Raise the soil in a mound and dig in compost or coarse sand to open the soil.
Then visit a few garden centres about 4 or 5 times and pick out different plants that you like for different seasons. 


preparing a bed(s) from scratch

a lot of the garden is covered with grass, as high as 3 foot. I think I get the strimmer & cut the grass to the butt. Do I then take the top layer off before rotavating the soil or do I just start rotavating? Can I start now in the summer? I have help now that the lads are home from college. I won't have it after August and I can't manage it myself. I want to sow foxgloves and lupins to start with & then create another bed for roses & peonies. I have a lot of perennials in tubs & it seems a waste to let the garden go to seed so to speak when the ground could be utilised much better. There is a lot of garden gone to seed (best part of an acre) with trees (mostly apple) dotted around. henlen, , Co Kildare Posted: 03/07/2015

Cut the tall grass down and take it away to the compost heap.
Cover the soil in the area with black polythene until the weeds are dead and then plant into the ground. There is no need to rotovate.
 Or use Roundup to do the same thing, waiting 2 weeks to ensure all grass is dead. Again, plant directy into the dead sod.

  ideas for small bed

ideas for small bed

Please see picture attached,this bed to the left of the path on the way up to our patio is approx 4 yards x 3 yards and contains clay. Could you suggest what low growing low maintenance plants we could plant here that would be suitable in clay and would not grow too high that would block our view from the kitchen window. Perhaps we need to wait until autumn to plant or perhaps we need to change from clay to other soil? Amers, clane, Co Kildare Posted: 18/05/2015

Mix in some compost to open up the clay soil. Choose a couple of hardy shrubs such as potentilla and hypericum, and a broad-leaved evergreen like laurustinus, which don't get too tall and can be pruned. Then choose some perennials such as hosta, astilbe, astrantia, candlebra primula, bergenia, trollius and Siberian iris. 


plants suitable for a small barked area?

We have a small barked area in our front garden which gets the sun (when it shines!). Could you advise me what plants would be suitable for this area which would flower through the autumn/winter? We are looking for low maintenance as we dont have 'green fingers'! Elaine28, Glasnevin, Co Dublin Posted: 29/08/2011


The plants required depend on the area available and their eventual size, and your preferences.

If you go to our Plant finder, and search accordign to type, colour and season, you will find lots of suggestions:  http://www.garden.ie/plantdirectory.aspx

and also to our Garden design section: http://www.garden.ie/gardendesign.aspx?id=416

Vist the garden centres a few times during the year and buy some plants in season, and they will show again in the same season in future years. 




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