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Hi, I am new to gardening with a new house and lots of questions! But firstly I am planning a border that runs all the way along my new post and rail fence (roughly 20 m long) it needs to give some shelter as its an open field behind and also has to take shade, it is north facing and I have four trees at one end, I have been researching evergreen hardy shrubs but what should I use as ground cover to help suppress weeds? Any help is much appreciated!

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  • Posted: Sun. 6th January 2013 21:44

Re: Ground cover question...

Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

If you need something evergreen, pachysandra is a good one, slow, euphorbia amygdalodes is another good one, faster, symphytum ibericum is another good one, these all take shade, then there is always ivy..

  • Posted: Mon. 7th January 2013 14:47

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Reply from Angie Robertson

If you have acidic soil you could consider Leucothoe 'Red Lips' as ground cover. A low growing dense evergreen shrub, likes shade and it's winter colour is gorgeous.
There are others with differing heights. Extremely hardy too!

  • Posted: Tue. 8th January 2013 16:50

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Reply from Sue Tallents

Vinca (Periwinkle) Tiarella cordifolia and Epimedium are all good ground cover plants for shade. Lamium maculatum (not the thuggish yellow flowered one) is also good if a bit dull.

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  • Posted: Tue. 15th January 2013 16:12