Fast Growing Shrubs For Boundaries And Slopes

Question:


I am starting a garden from scratch. I have a small slope of about 2 feet at the boundary of the back garden, it slopes downwards. The soil is stony, dry and with lots of stones.
Ideally, I would like to plant tall shrubs and some form of ground cover on the slope to disguise it but not sure how to do this - ie- should I fill it with soil, bulk it up with more stones, what sort of plants would grow there?
The site is in the north of Scotland, prone to gusty winds.

Answer:

fast growing shrubs, hawthorn flower
First of all, you have to know whether your slope has topsoil on it or if the topsoil has been removed. If so you are left with subsoil that is infertile and your shrubs will be struggling. I that case I would probably fill in the slope with good topsoil. This might make a small retaining wall necessary. You can also use some bigger stones and backfill them with proper soil.

You can grow shrubs that don't require a good soil. A good choice would be Rosa rugosa. These roses are very hardy, wind tolerant and easy to grow. They will spread and hold the soil together. Another benefit of them is their ability to compete with weeds. On top of that, they have beautifully scented pink or white flowers followed by orange rose hips. This is a great plant to attract wildlife to your garden and they look very natural.

Another good shrub for boundaries is Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). This deciduous shrub has a white flower followed by red berries. They are also tolerant of wind and poor soils.

Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is a great evergreen tall shrub with red berries. They also have a good tolerance of wind and poor soils.

Privet (Ligustrum vulgare) is a semi-evergreen, fast-growing tall shrub with white, scented flowers. They are very easy to grow and tolerate poor conditions and wind.

Hypericum or St. John's Wort is a nice flowering shrub. The big yellow flowers appear during the summer. This shrub is also easy, fast growing and wind resistant.

Cotoneaster or Junipers are good groundcover shrubs. Just remember that all the tall shrubs easily cover two feet or more so there might be not much room and need for ground-covering shrubs if you use the above-mentioned shrubs.

For more information on windy gardens and seaside gardening check out our coastal gardening pages.

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