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Planting under/near Leylandi


By Llew

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Gb

My neighbour has just cut all the overhanging Leylandi in my garden. I am now left with a gap in my shrub border about 6' x 4' which looks a bit daft.

I need 2 or 3 shrubs to fill the gap but no clue what will grow here at all as no doubt the soil is very dry. Well, I know it's very dry and not even weeds grow there, I never have to hoe that bit.

I'm wondering if now it will get more light, things may be different so any ideas what I could plant that would have a chance of surviving?



Is it in sun or shade? There are several shrubs that like dry, sunny condtions but shade is more difficult.
I find the best shrubs for dry shade are sarcococcas - evergreen with tiny whte flowers in February that scent the whole garden.
Whatever you plant, I would advise improving the soil with garden compost and fertiliser to give any plans a decent start in life and keep them well watered until established

15 May, 2009


It's an east facing bed, Andrew so gets sun in the morning but now the trees are back, there is no heavy shade at any time. So, I actually don't know if I'm looking for a dry shade plant or not.

I'll have to buy some compost or manure or something as I have nothing myself yet.

15 May, 2009


oh yes Llew you will have to improve the soil. it will probably be slightly acidic too due to all the 'needles' shed over the years. but at least your neighbours cut them back. so many people just have to live with them. why not plant tallish annual plants until you know how the soil etc behaves. nicotinea ?[tobacco plant] annual borage, larkspur etc. or you may decide on some perenials.

16 May, 2009


Thanks, SBG. :o) Good idea.

Having had a good look at the bed today, I don't think I need shade plants. The sun, well what bit we had, was on the bed until gone 2.00pm and still plenty of light after that too.

I wonder if I could get away with a Rhododendron or something?

16 May, 2009

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