Shrubs for heavy clay

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Shrubs for heavy clay

Post by Shook » Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:27:58



Hi all. I've joined this forum to see if anyone has any good ideas for
my current Garden problem! We've recently had a 5 bar sliding gate
fitted which slides behind a 5 bar wooden fence. I had originally
intended to plant some small shrubs in front of the fence such as maybe
a berberis, hebe or similar. Trouble is, the soil is actually extrmemely
poor and is very heavy orange clay. Is it worth me spending a while
trying to dig away some of the clay and replacing with topsoil to plant
something or will nothing ever grow? I didn't really want hawthorn as we
have this around the rest of the boundary and I was hoping for something
a little different.
Does anyone have any suggestions for some evergreen and/or colourful,
shallow rooted shrubs about knee height that will tolerate this kind of
soil?
Many thanks!

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Shooks