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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 12th Jun 17, 6:15 PM
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    Fast growing plants n shrubs
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    • 12th Jun 17, 6:15 PM
    Fast growing plants n shrubs 12th Jun 17 at 6:15 PM
    Hi
    I'm having my garden done soon, n need fast growing , colourful plants n shrubs to fill a corner.Any ideas of any plants or shrubs that are non toxic to dogs? I'm clueless
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    • AlexandLauren
    • By AlexandLauren 13th Jun 17, 9:37 AM
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    is it a sunny area or shaded?

    how big is the corner?

    do you want more shrubs than flowers?

    do you want low maintenance or don't mind a bit of effort?
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 13th Jun 17, 12:14 PM
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    is it a sunny area or shaded?

    how big is the corner?

    do you want more shrubs than flowers?

    do you want low maintenance or don't mind a bit of effort?
    Originally posted by AlexandLauren
    It's about 12ft by 12ft, mostly shaded .I want low maintenance shrubs, both evergreen and colourful.Thanks for your reply ☺
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    • AlexandLauren
    • By AlexandLauren 13th Jun 17, 1:37 PM
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    If you want evergreen and colourful then i would suggest Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Camelias, Hydrangeas. All very low maintenance and colourful starting in spring through to summer.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 13th Jun 17, 2:25 PM
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    If you want evergreen and colourful then i would suggest Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Camelias, Hydrangeas. All very low maintenance and colourful starting in spring through to summer.
    Originally posted by AlexandLauren
    Good choices but may not be "easy choice" for OP who confesses to being "clueless"

    3 of the choices require acidic conditions. I do not know where OP lives but may be in hard water area and thus watering will be forever causing problems with lime

    I cannot think of other choices at the moment, why not try RHS plant finder to help narrow it down ?
    • AlexandLauren
    • By AlexandLauren 13th Jun 17, 2:45 PM
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    bit of ericaeous compost now and then should help keep the balance. Just thinking they require no pruning and grow fairly quick but not so much that it would cause issues
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 15th Jun 17, 9:58 AM
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    bit of ericaeous compost now and then should help keep the balance. Just thinking they require no pruning and grow fairly quick but not so much that it would cause issues
    Originally posted by AlexandLauren
    Sorry, but if it's a really lime-y area that won't work. Used to live in Bath, where you don't see many plants requiring ericaceous conditions, except in Homebase!

    Real shade, mainly evergreen, non-toxic and and shrubs for colour is a big ask.

    Ignoring the toxicity, because it needs investigation, off the top of my head that's mahonia, garrya, viburnum tinus, berberis darwinii, euonymus, hypericum (maybe) osmanthus burkwoodii....Now I'm stuck! Oh, a fuchsia or two, but not evergreen, nor is hypericum.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 15th Jun 17, 3:06 PM
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    http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getting-a-dog-or-puppy/general-advice-about-caring-for-your-new-puppy-or-dog/puppy-environment/house-and-garden-plants-poisonous-to-dogs/
    • juliesname
    • By juliesname 16th Jun 17, 12:54 AM
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    • 16th Jun 17, 12:54 AM
    Don't know about the toxicity, but I suggest these:
    Shrubs - Skimmia, Choisya, Pieris
    Bulbs - Chionodoxa, bluebells
    Perennials - herbaceous geraniums, schizostylis, Japanese anemones. Forget-me-nots biennial but will self-seed.
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