Recommendations for empty border

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  1. Luke Underwood

    Luke Underwood Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi everyone I would like some recommendations for this border please, it is constantly filled with weeds so would like to fill it instead with plants/shrubs so there's less Weeding required!
    Ideally wants to be low maintenance as possible due to lack of time to manage day to day. It doesn't get much sun as it's an East facing fence line.
    Thanks in advance!
     

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    Hi Luke, looking at the photo, for low maintainance, I would continue with evergreen flowering shrubs, like the Choysia, all year colour with seasonal flowers, there are other Choysia varieties, there is also Hypericums, Abelias, Eleagnus, common Myrtle, and for autumn winter and early spring, maybe a Viburnum, Sarcococca, Osmanthus, Mahonia, Daphne. Just a few to think about.
     
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      Wow Luke, there's so much capacity there. :blue thumb:

      A curved border could look good, edging strip would keep it neat, low maintenance and easy to mow.

      Plantingwise, hardy Geraniums are very easy and many types flower all summer and some are almost evergreen, or get nice autumn colour. They would quickly fill the front and suppress weeds. For a climber, Lonicera Henryi is evergreen and would coat the top of the fence quickly and flower nicely. Mid- height plants could be anything you fancy, you already have some good looking shrubs there. Perhaps some tall accent plants?

      Large areas of the same plant will look great in such a long border. Repeating the same pattern a few times also looks nice.

      Now is also the time to raid supermarkets' discount bulbs and plant Daffodils- the perennials will go on top. :)
       
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      Choose carefully and you will have a border that is a pleasure to view. You have lots of scope. I like to see a variation in the edge, as mentioned above, but we are all different there.
       
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      Cue howls of disapproval (:whistle:), but what about investing in a roll of geotextile before planting through it? No weeding required afterwards, cuts down on watering, and happy plants soon grow to disguise it.
       
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