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20/01/2013 at 14:57

On GQT today Chris Beardshaw's plant of the month was Abeliophyllum distichum - or White Forsythia to you and me.  I wondered if anyone has one of these in their garden, and if not, why not?

20/01/2013 at 16:33

2 reasons why we do not have it, 1 It needs a warm position to flower well and avoid being damaged by late frosts. 2. Never seen it on sale at a price we would pay.

Looks a nice plant though, if you have somewhere to grow it.

20/01/2013 at 17:04

Planted one it has never flowered

20/01/2013 at 17:22

Looked at it for white border but found out it was tricky so didn't bother

20/01/2013 at 17:28

It might be just the thing for a spot by our porch in our west-facing front garden - the soil's quite well-drained - the blurb says a south or east facing wall - can anyone think why a west facing wall wouldn't be ok?

As for the price - I've seen worse 

20/01/2013 at 17:57

What does it look like in summer? Forsythias don't have much to offer after flowering. Warm spots are mostly by the house and there plants need to look reasonable for as long as poss.

20/01/2013 at 18:09

I was thinking that it could go next to the porch which has open sides and so in the summer has tubs of flowering plants in it, and it's quite a deep bed so there's room for plants that are more interesting in the summer to go in front of it.  

20/01/2013 at 18:56

That sounds a good idea Dove

20/01/2013 at 18:59

Thanks for the helpful comments.  The link that dovefromabove has given is to the pink variety which may be cheaper than the white.  Perhaps I should have a look at other winter flowering shrubs.  Any suggestions?

20/01/2013 at 20:26

Viburnum x bodnantense, easy smells wonderful, not much shape as a bush for the rest of the year. Sarcococca, small, neat evergreen, lovely scent. Various mahonias, scent again. Daphne bhuloa, fantastic scent, not so reliable for survival. Assorted winter flowering honeysuckles, lovely scent. These are all out now. Is this the time you want the flowers


20/01/2013 at 21:25

Yes nutcutlet, I think it would be lovely to have someting scented flowering now to cheer people up on a dismal winter's day!  I hadn't realised that there were honeysuckles that bloom in winter!  This forum is wonderful!   By the way, I am up in Harrogate, 10 minutes drive from Harlow Carr, so it's generally a few degrees cooler up here in North Yorkshire, and we have later Springs, shorter Summers and colder Winters than down south.

20/01/2013 at 21:32

It is good. The honeysuckles aren't climbers. I'll find you a link

They're not having a good year here, possibly not enough summer last year but usually are a delight.


23/01/2013 at 15:02

christmas box, looks good and have a lovelig scent.

23/01/2013 at 17:42

I've grown this for a number of years in the north east. It is growing against a west facing wall where it does well In the autum, it gets a feed of poyash to help the flowering

i wonder if anyone can tell how to get a catalogue from Acorn Cottage Snowdrops please?  Thank you

23/01/2013 at 18:01

The only Acorn Cottage I can find in connection with Snowdrops is one which belongs to someone in the CGS Snowdrop group.

23/01/2013 at 18:09

It is mentioned here Airwaves-perhaps register and then ask?


23/01/2013 at 19:35

Thank you both for your suggestions

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