Suggestions for shrubs wanted
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I'd like to plant a few shrubs in a small raised bed on the front drive. The purpose is to screen the pipes and drain from the kitchen. Ideally they'll be about 3-4 ft tall. Evergreen would be good. Bonus points if they also have some flowers or berries or colour of some sort. South facing, Hertfordshire so fairly chalky soil.
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Personally, as I love blue/purple flowers and blue/green or silver foliage I'd choose something like a dark blue flowered ceanothus, a delphinium or two, lots of campanulas, a bay tree, ivy, honeysuckle, jasmine, agapanthus, potentillas, a cardoon for fun, iris, hyacinth, scillas, veronica, viola, foxgloves, lavender, and then the bed would probably burst at the seams.
But, seriously, there are some lovely and easily obtainable plants, shrubs and trees on that list as well as some very special and probably expensive ones. Can you narrow it down a bit by giving a colour palette preference?
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I hadn't thought about a colour palette. I'm open to suggestions.
Just been looking at Abelia which flowers late. Takes a while to grow and needs trimming back.
I doubt you'll find an evergreen shrub that just grows perfectly to size you want without some manipulation.
You need to think how you can control the situation to suit your needs and maybe replace after a few years.
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Lavender would be great - particularly if you are going to have an open window nearby. The scent after rain is sensational and, added bonus, bees absolutely love it.
That with some foxgloves and hollyhocks for some different colour and seasonal variation would be great.
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I've just had the driveway done with a new bed, so won't be using pots. The purpose of the bed us to screen the pipes coming out of the kitchen.
In a previous back garden I had Hyperium Hidcote St John's Wort, which was probably about the right size. It doesn't grow too big even after many years. I might try that again.
The idea of planting separate plants for colour is a good one. I might try under planting with some bulbs. I will take another look through the list above, but am still open to ideas if anyone has done something similar.
There are lots of other 'large' shrubs that have new, smaller varieties, such as some of the new buddleia varieties, so it really depends on your personal preference
Bulbs are a good idea too and would look lovely under the right shrubs.
Possibly one of the Hebe variety too.
Maybe some of the dwarf conifers.
Quite a lot of choice open to you but most not giving much flower attraction.