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balto's Journal

balto's Journal

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confused and need badly help

20 October 2009 16:20:26
confused and tooo scared , on what to plant on my banks in the garden , even books dont help me i would love if someone could tell me where to put stuff , what to get and so on .my garden is well draind good soil in winter its windy sometimes and gets frost . its down to me to be the landscaper as its recession times .

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Pat Pat 20 October 2009 16:46:52

Welcome Balto to the Garden.ie. I think you will get plenty of suggestions for your bank, but is the road above your driveway or the public road.? Do you want to screen the garden from the road.?  The site offer great possibilities as in layering the bank or covering it a piece at a time and how much maintenance you want in the comong years, and the budget.!!


Rachel Rachel 20 October 2009 16:49:45

Dear Balto, I have a bank like yours and I remember the dismay I felt when I first tried to figure out what to do. I would highly recommend a mono-culture of Persicaria all over your hill. Take a look at the photos in my September and October albums where you can see the pink Persicaria turn to red. The plants will take a few years to establish but they are low maintenance and vigorous (which is what you need on that kind of slope). The only down-side is that it looks a bit messy in Winter. I cannot recommend Persicaria highly enough for this kind of job.


Rachel Rachel 20 October 2009 16:53:36

Balto, take a look at the article I wrote for the Irish Garden in September 2008 about how I clothed my hill...

http://www.garden.ie/article.aspx?id=1056


fran m fran m 20 October 2009 20:59:09

Balto, follow Rachels lead, you cant go wrong with Persicaria. You have the nice fresh green of the new leaves in the spring, pink flowers changing to deep red in early Autumn, then in winter you have the dry flower heads, these look great when a heavy frost settles on them.


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