Riverbank site

Niamh Stack asked 6 years ago

We are lucky to be moving to a beautiful riverbank site shortly. I would like to plant a weeping willow/s at the waters edge. It is a stoney riverbank which floods regularly. How do I go about this, will the tree disappear with the first flood?Also I would love to set wildflowers on the sloping riverbank from the house. At present it is covered with grass, which is mowed/strimmed regularly during the growing season. Much of this ground is river stone, so I don’t think rotavating is an option. What is the best way to introduce native wildflowers to this spot? I would really appreciate your expert advice on my first world problems!

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
The best weeping willow, which gets least attack by willow canker, is Salix babylonica, but it can be hard to find.

Otherwise, plant a bit away from the streamside, a willow still works well 5 or even 10 metres from the bank. 

Do not plant more than one or two willows as it is a feature tree, and you don’t want a lot of features.