Planting a Raised percolation area

QuestionsAssessmentGarden DesignSite AspectsPlanting a Raised percolation area
Jo Arthur asked 14 years ago

I have a raised percolation area and it has grass and weeds growing on it. I would like to know is there anything I can plant on it that will have nice flowers and maybe take over from the grass. It has been suggested to plant a lawn there but I thought I would get some opinions on it. I have a good large lawn already only planted last year so my garden is only new (blank canvas!)

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 5 years ago
It is not advisable to plant anything only shallow-rooted plants on a percolation area because of the dangers of roots blocking the pipes, certainly not trees or large shrubs.

You could have a wildflower area with some natural-looking shrubs, such as hydrangeas, potentilla and hypericum near the boundaries. The wild flower area could have spring bulbs and would look great in spring, mowed off in mid-summer.