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Hiding gravel boards

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by Andrew Y, May 19, 2017.

  1. Andrew Y

    Andrew Y Apprentice Gardener

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    Hello everyone, I'm a complete novice so please try not to confuse me!! We're trying to make our back garden more interesting by planting in the borders that are currently empty. Along the back fence we have some unsightly gravel boards (60cm high - currently obscured by tatty old bamboo screening) which I'd like to obscure with some kind of foliage. All I know is that it needs to be evergreen (to hide the boards throughout the year) and it's in an area that is sunny in the morning and shady in the afternoon (cloud permitting!).

    We'd like something that flowers, and possibly doesn't grow too 'deep' to give us the option of planting some flowers in front of them. I guess it'd be nice if they were a mixture of different varieties to add some interest, possibly flowering at different times of the year.

    I'd really appreciate some help in choosing some suitable shrubs or plants that would hide the gravel boards and all look nice together - thanks in advance!
     

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      You could paint them in masonry paint.

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      Good evening @Andrew Y I would respectfully suggest Viburnum as I used to have them in the shade along my fence until ,I changed my garden:smile:
       
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        Hello Andrew, it`s nice to see you in GC, welcome.
        My first choice for this situation would be euonymus emerald n' gold. It is a really good backdrop for lots of other stuff. It is bright and cheerful all year round, and really easy to look after.
        Once that is in place, I suggest you look in a garden centre near you, and buy at least one perennial each month that is in flower that you like the look of.....that way you will end up with something in flower all the time year in and year out.
        Most of all enjoy it, and please post a few photos for us to see, so we can give you a few brownie points as you go. Now, that wasn`t too confusing was it ? :whistle:
         
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          Euonymus emerald n` gold.
           
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            Thank you, Mrs Y likes the liburnum, so could be a winner! My neighbour suggested the euonymous too which I think is nice - is it acceptable to put one next to the other? And is there anything else you'd recommend mixing in there!?
             
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              Good morning @Andrew Y my friend it depends on what variation of colours you decide on bit it could look good the only problem I could for see is that euonymus grows quit a bit slower than viburnum in and it has some lovely flowers where as euonymus does not flower (I have both):smile:
               
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                Thanks all - someone else recommended a choisya - can anyone tell me if those would be suitable please?
                 

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