What to do? A little help needed please
I need a little help with one of many areas of my garden… A common problem running through the garden is not only that often there’s heavy solid yellow clay but also that I have lots of slopes to work with as the garden is tiered, often the borders to the side slope which is an issue in itself.
I recently cleared the area; still need to add in some compost/soil improver. You can see how it slopes down towards the camera
I’m thinking I also want to remove the Wisteria highlighted in purple below which has pretty much been killed by the previous couple of hard winters… This year it barely had any growth at all, so I think it’s time to give up and try something else instead. The other purple highlight is the Weigela:
This particular area is in danger of having couch grass come through from next door and the proof is in a Weigela which was here when we moved in and has grass all around its roots. This has been an issue since I moved in and I’ve been considering digging it up because of it – also I don’t find it attractive enough or to have a long enough season of interest to justify it still being here… I like plants to be attractive to wildlife as well as me. So I’ve been thinking of something such as a winter honeysuckle or caryopteris. Another option is to plant my ‘Susan Williams-Ellis rose there too… But I’m concerned about the grass issue and knowing it’s likely I’d have to dig anything up in a few years to get rid of the grass again. So I thought that perhaps perennials would be the best way to go and I can lift, divide and remove any grass at the same time. I was thinking that I might put my ‘blood grass’ (imperata cylindrica ‘rubra’) there?? Red grass next to the purple of the caryopteris? Would that look ridiculous? Or perhaps the red of the grass next to the red/pink of Persicaria?
One issue, as you can see is the fact it slopes down… I have a sedum which is doing a nice job of covering the ground but it’s mainly growing down rather than up; the sedum can be seen to the left of the below photo:
Does anyone have any suggestions?
So far I’ve done very little in this area other than plant the Astrantia and David Austin ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ as well as pulling up some shrubs which were originally there and taking over (they’re even managing to come back! They must readily grow from the tiniest bit of root!!)
Preferably I’d like something tall to help cover the fence while the Clematis and Winter Jasmine are fairly young. So perhaps something like some more Veronicastrum is the way to go for now? I have some Persicaria on order, do you think that would survive here – it gets hot and dry in summer.
And moving slightly to the right we have this area which lies between the Weigela and a small Acer and Cotoneaster, it is then backed by Tess of the d’Urbervilles. As a result it’s quite shady down here, so perhaps Foxgloves are the way to go – although I have had them here previously, obviously I have no seedlings from them.
Earlier this year I did have Ragwort in this section, but I’ve had to pull it up – no doubt we’ll get more next year as I allowed it to go to seed and I have seedlings I could move from elsewhere.
The aspect is west-facing and the soil although not too bad does have chunks of clay that I’ve cut up using my trowel.