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    Morning all :)

    Can anyone suggest anything that I can do with this pile of rocks. I have a new build and they have put those rocks there because it is very steep and cannot be turfed. There is some laurels going in this week all across the front but I didn't want to put any up the side.
     

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      What is the other side of the fence at that point, looks like double height gravel boards.
      Or is there the same on the other side.
       
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      Make a rockery?

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        Single height gravel boards on top of the mud. Thats why it is so steep :(
         
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        I agree a rockery, that is what I did with a pile of rocks in two locations. I just added some earth and compost ...

        Rockery 25 Sep 07.jpg
        Rockery in Feb.jpg
         
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          So many lovely plants to choose from that will tumble nicely over the rocks to make a great feature as Vicky's great pics show.:dbgrtmb:
           
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            Thanks for the ideas! I'm new to gardening, is there plants that I can get that stay flowered all year? Maybe something with a bit of colour all year round that will survive in the rocks?
             
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              I don't think anything blooms in the UK all year but Heather may be a good idea as there are strains that bloom in different seasons and it is evergreen. Snow in Summer has nice silver foliage if I remember correctly. @Upsydaisy may answer this better than me.

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                If it was mine I would make that rockery area wider by losing some of lawn. Remove the rocks, remove a section of lawn and turn the turves upside down where the rocks were to build it up. Then arrange the rocks in a more natural pattern, adding some more soil and grit/gravel.

                You will need a mixture of plants to get year round colour, I suggest different alpine and succulents.
                The bed then would more or less look after itself apart from some weeding.
                 
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                  Ah so the builders have just covered up a problem with a pile of rocks.

                  I agree with the rockery idea but it does need ,at the very least, the rocks rearranged with some soil in between as has been said.
                   
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                    I'd build a retaining wall at the bottom of the lawn along the whole width to reduce the slope.. (easier to mow)
                    The rocks could be used as part of the hardcore foundations.
                    Bit costly but you'd only do it once :noidea:
                     
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                      That's great! Like I've said, I'm new to all this so any nice looking, easy maintainable plants are perfect until I learn more! Thank you!
                       
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                        Don't some of these new build housing areas have planning restrictions on what you can do at the front of your property.
                         
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                          I'd swap the laurels for a more suitable hedging plant, you have to be good with an hedge trimmer to get them neat . Privet - beech / purple beech - yew - griselinia - thuja plicata and other are far better alternatives .
                           
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