Question: Garden plants
Dear editorial staff,
with the imminent arrival of spring my husband and I have decided to put our hand in our garden definitively. We would like to create a beautiful lawn, surround the pond (built thanks to your suggestions last year) with flowering bushes and, along the whole
perimeter of the garden place a hedge to shelter (during the winter the wind is very frequent and strong, also living in the hinterland often at night and below freezing temperatures) to the flowers in the garden.
And now we need your help again in choosing the plants to buy. The garden is exposed to the north, there are (for many years) 2 fir trees which,
being taller than the house, they provide a lot of shade. Furthermore, we should also think of a sloping ground, this always the shade, which is now completely bare. Are there shrubs that can grow in such conditions and bloom in winter?
Our house is near a chestnut forest and in the spring we are surrounded by many birds. Are there hedges able to welcome them and give them shelter and nutrition?
We thank you in advance for the help you want to give us.
With sympathy Roberto & Rina
Garden plants: Answer
Thank you for contacting us regarding your questions about plants
from the garden, through the section of the Expert of Gardening.it.
The study and research of the plants to be placed in a garden must be done in order to satisfy our aesthetic taste, perform an ornamental function and be easy to maintain. Based on your requests, we can suggest a Dichondra lawn
which does not need to be shorn and withstands trampling very well, even if in winter it loses some of its aesthetic aspect, it turns green-brown.
As for shrubs, the choice is a bit difficult if we have brightness limitations. Perennial flowering plants are very suitable, among these we can
indicate oleanders, jasmine, hydrangeas, mimosa, old roses, Forsythia, passionflower etc.,. Near the pond we can put humidity-loving plants such as bamboo, cane, papito, willow. The best advice is to contact an expert nurseryman in the area who has a nice catalog of plants that grow well in your reality, who is not subject to many diseases
and that they are typical of the place to easily integrate with the local fauna.