Plants to screen a bank

John Kiely asked 16 years ago

Hi Gerry, I have a steep bank all around the back of our house. I have planted a beech hedge on top of the bank and am now looking for suitable plants or creepers to sow on top that might grow down to screen off the bank and prevent weeds/grasses from taking hold or alternatively something to sow at the bottom that may climb up. The bank is 8 to 10 feed high so apart from about a foot of topsoil on the top most of the rest of the depth is gravelly. Can you recommend something suitable and possibly fast growing. Thanks.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 6 years ago
The bank would be too steep, too dry and too unstable to grow anything.  You best bet is to plant at ground level in front of the bank, either a hedge or an informal border of shrubs and trees to hide the ground level chnage behind. Any shrubs, hedging or trees of your preference with do.

In fact, your beech hedge might be better at house level … all it will do on top of the bank is increase its height and create greater emphasis on the bank.