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Do these grow through plants?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 13:03

Know what you mean about Glads, but thankfully there are enough varieties to match colours, etc. So Papavers - do they need their own space or will they grow through? I know about the life of the plant, as in short lived, dies back, can re-bloom if cut back to ground, but will eventually leave an empty hole. The point is, do I have to make room for them initially, or can they be planted right up against perennials when dormant? Hope I'm making sense

Do these grow through plants?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 12:00

I'm going to grow stuff roughly 2/3 the recommended planting distance for non-sprawling plants, as I need to cram in the plants. But help is appreciated in knowing what can be grown through.

Geranium-wise, I'm going for a few, Rozzane, Splish Splash, Versicolour, Pratense Purple Haze, Rise & Shine, Buxton Blue & Oxonianum Pink Lace (obviously not all in the same border).

Papavers - Pink Fizz by T&M, Orientale Royal Wedding & Grape.

Irsis' - Haven't thought of any yet.

Gladioli - Yet to have a look, but figured they could be squeezed in due to their upright habit, though I realise they will look a little dis-jointed if dotted rather than grown en-masse.

Do these grow through plants?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 10:27

Hi all,

I've just moved and am going to try and make a cottage style border in my garden, but I'm unsure of the growing nature of the following - Iris', Papavers, Verbena Bonariensis, Gladioli and Alliums. Do these plants require their own designated growing space, or will they compete and climb up through other plants? I really want to fill my borders up and would love to have these plants, but just don't know the habit of their growth.

Also, geraniums, do they only have a small crown? I thought they were more of a scrambler and didn't have much of a base, so wondered, when it says spread 45cm - 60cm, does this mean I shouldn't fill in the ground in between, or can I plant up against them and they'll grow over over plants?

Plants between concrete path and wall

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 11:09

Erigeron karvinskianus! Emilyn, that's the fleabane I was on about. That's 2 shouts for it. Will certainly cheer up an overlooked corner. White will look really good and jump out as the night begins to creep in.

Plants between concrete path and wall

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 08:52

Fleabane? It's a pretty pink - white daisy, very airy, self seeds freely, can cope with being trodden on and is low on height, though I don't know if it needs sunshine. Also, wouldn't some geraniums survive? They seem to pop up everywhere. One other plant that loves a crack in paving is Echium Vulgare Blue Bedder - the bees absolutely love it. I grew 3 plants in my very small front garden and thought I'd got them out before seeding - I was wrong, as my neighbour can testify! Just as well he appreciated them growing through the paving and path, and just about everywhere else. Hope this helps.

Long, thin, narrow strip to plant up...

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 13:16

Hi Wildcosmos, I've recently moved to a new home and the garden has needed a lot of work, but like yours, it's long and narrow. I don't know if you're looking to just fill a border, in which case what I'm about to write will be useless, but have you thought about a very small tree for planting two thirds of the way down on the lawn? I only ask, as the problem with a long narrow garden is that the eye has a long, long, way to focus and the sides can be blurred in the peripheral part of the eyes vision. Also, having a border down one side can look a bit lopsided. A small tree would help catch the eyes attention, break up the distance of a long garden and give the illusion of a wider garden. I know in mine I'm going to have a couple of acers either side of one another near the fence lines and one ahead, just to break the shape of the garden up. To give you an idea, my garden is about 70ish foot by 18 foot.

Which greenhouse?

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 10:08

Looking back, though glass is better as a long term option, I'd have to agree with Pauline, that based on your use of a greenhouse, a polycarb one will be a much better deal. Polycarb is definitely a better option on the cheaper range as you don't have to worry about the dangers of standard horticultural glass. That said, if you feel you might regret not going bigger and more expensive incase the greenhouse bug bites, then I'd go with a 3mm thick saftey glass greenhouse everytime.

Which greenhouse?

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 13:07

Have found whilst researching that polycarbonate greenhouses deteriate with age, so could potentially be more expensive in the long run, as will poly tunnels. That said, if you're not planning to live at your premise for a long period, then it might be worth getting a cheaper poly tunnel or polycarbonate greenhouse as you can simply dispose of it and buy another one at a later date.

With regards to glass breaking easily, I understand that that's a genuine concern where money is not available, so standard horticultural glass is provided, but I've got mine from greenhouse direct (Rhino harvester) and it has come with 4mm, single pane, strengthened safety glass. The idea being, that if it were to break, which would take some doing even at 3mm thick, it will shatter like modern car and bus windows, into tiny granular like pieces. This does cost, but that said, I'm in for the long haul and think that with 25 years of guarantee as standard, it's worth it. Again though, if I were going to move in 3 - 5 years time, I'd go polycarb everytime as it's just not worth the hassle of having to dismantle and re-build. There is one obvious downside to this thinking, and that's environmentally, it's very much a disposable method and I can see why many would think this senseless.

Thompsons

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 13:27

Wow, I must say as a very regular user of T&M that I have always found them to not just be good with issues/problems/complaints, but exceptional, for instance, please accept our apologies, replacement plants and a money off voucher for good measure.

I think we can bacome a bit to obsessed with following growing advice to the detriment of common sense and trial and error. In my 3 years of ordering potatoes from T&M, having the same delivery time as yourself, I have never had any issues, but I have had good crops! As stated, simply pop them in an egg box, I cram mine in, and plant when you want to. It's really not that big an issue, they'll grow on just fine. In fact, last year was so wet, that I had them in egg boxes for 4 months before they were planted out, which yes, I know is not good practise, but point is, they grew and I've still got stored potatoes now.

There is of course one other thing that could have been done, or at least could be done in the future, and that's to order later, so they arrive more or less when you want them.

Try Lady Christl, their amazing.

Design of my wood greenhouse

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 16:30

Wow, very impressive!!

I love the fact that through use of the greenhouse (though should actually be called a house) you have managed to fine tune things and make more efficient use of it. It's very practical and everything added has obviously been from going to do something and finding a solution to make it easier in the future, somthing a kit form could never provide.

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