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Removing a hedge close to house

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1930sHousewife Sat 13-Feb-16 18:49:53

Hello,

I am looking for advice on how to fill in the hole that will be left if I remove the shrub in front of our house. See pic.

I'm concerned that as soon as I get rid of the hedge the foundations will be at risk with all of this rain we have been getting.

Any ideas/suggestions? Am I worrying over nothing?

Thanking in advance

shovetheholly Mon 15-Feb-16 11:20:15

I'm no building expert, but I don't think your foundations should be at risk if you fill the hole with topsoil - the water should just drain away, same as it does now.

What way does your front garden face? I think I would bet tempted to put in fragrant plants that smell lovely as you enter and leave. Sarococca confusa has an amazing winter scent, as does Daphne odora, though the latter won't appreciate deep shade.

1930sHousewife Mon 15-Feb-16 19:21:11

It's south facing, we have now removed the hedge and it has made a huge difference in the feeling of space next to the front door.

shovetheholly Tue 16-Feb-16 09:11:02

If it's south-facing then ignore that recommendation for sarococca confusa - it's a shade lover. Daphne odora will love it though! Lavender is another possibility. Scented violets for ground cover underneath things might be lovely.

I wonder about something like a standard, small leaved lilac (Syringa pubescens subsp. microphylla 'Superba') which can be kept in a neat lollipop shape? Would look smart and could stand in the brick area between door and window and disguise that downpipe. They bloom for a short time, but the scent is like nothing else - it's gorgeous!

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