windy garden

Kathy Burke asked 11 years ago
we have a large garden , or should i say a field , its on a hill and so far not much shelter, could you recommend trees that grow quickly and are not too expensive. I hope to spend about 20 euros each week on plants and trees and also i would like to put some paving down the centre of the garden with flowers on each side , what do you recommend for a very windy garden that adds colour. Lastly there is a large area that is very humpy and overgrown that i would love to see some colour in , how do i go about creating a wild flower area here and is it possible to have colour all year round in this windy area.I have grown some lavender in pots last year and am going to plant them out now, i would dearly love a large area of lavender any suggestions i really am a novice and realise gardening is an ongoing pleasure and see no end sight of my creating a garden abundant in colour but i enjoy the surprises that each little area gives which something survives in, so any names of flowers that have staying power in a windy wet most of the time garden would be appreciated , i would love lots and lots of colour, and the names of trees or something to camouflage the raging winds would also be appreciated.About the flags Do you have any ideas on where to source flat flags non uniform shape for the path and is it possible to loosen the ground a little and place flags in position or does one need to dig a foundation. Maybe I should just take some photos of the garden to explain the hilly concept , any suggestions will be appreciated.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
If a site is windy,it is best to plants trees at the boundaries to create calm air in the garden. The best and least expensive way is to plant small trees in early winter directly into sod killed by two applications of Roundup in autumn.

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When the shelter is in place, many kinds of decorative plants can be grown but there are many that tolerate wind and a selection of these is listed in out Plant finder. 

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Slabs are best set on a sub-base of crushed stones and sand, other wise they tend to sink, but steeping stones in grass can be simply set, taking off the sod under the slab. There are local suppliers of paving all over the country.