Long story short I have been sorting out a garden for an elderly friend
and there is a watch of soil which I weeded yesterday. I was just
wondering if anyone could recommend what's the best shrubs I could plant
there that will grow well this time of year? Ideally they will:
- Stop more weeds growing
- Be easy/low maintenance to look after
- Ideally be cheap too!
Any recommendations would be great. Also, what's the best place to get
> and there is a watch of soil which I weeded yesterday. I was just
> wondering if anyone could recommend what's the best shrubs I could plant
> there that will grow well this time of year? Ideally they will:
> them from?
September is a good time for planting most kinds of shrubs. However the
point of doing so is to get them to establish their roots well now,
before they grow properly in the following growing season. So
unfortunately whilst it is a very good planting time, shrubs is not
going to give you instant ground cover by planting this time of year.
If you want to prevent weeds growing over the winter until you get
things going in the spring, the best thing would be black plastic or
other weed-excluding fabric.
There are two kinds of ground covers really. There are low things,
which you plant between your higher shrubs, and then there are taller
blob-shaped evergreens, and which form a sufficient blob shape to stop
other things growing underneath. For the lower ground covers, I have
found things like vincas, epimediums very good, but they take a while to
become established. Heathers are sort of intermediate, but also need
time, perhaps even longer. For slightly higher things, many blob-shaped
and prostrate evergreens such as christmas box, olearias, junipers and
other "prostrate" conifers, fabiana prostrata, choisya, eleagnus,
ligustrum, griselinia, evergreen viburnums, holly, etc, are very good at
excluding things from growing under them. You can include some taller
things in between, eg, phormiums, standard small trees. But remember
when planting them initially you need to spread them sufficiently to
allow for growth. To control weeds it may be best to grow them through
small holes in weed-excluding fabric, which will eventually be concealed
by the expanding plants.
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