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How long till I get my lavender hedge?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 07:52

Great, thank you both.  How quick you were.  I did dig over the area pretty well, but I didnt replace the soil or enrich it as I was always under the impression that lavender needed to be in quite poor soil to thrive.  I will do as you both say, checking the roots first.   Thank you!

Help with ideas

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 07:44

B or C for me - the path going through the middle of the lawn is a good idea as it means you wont compact the ground as you follow a natural route to the other end of the garden (as I know to my cost).  I think circular lawns are nice as they maximise your planting area, but it might be difficult to keep the shape over the years as you cut the edge, so gentle curves might be better?

How long till I get my lavender hedge?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 07:40

I replaced some old tired lavender bushes with Lavandula Hidcote two summers ago.  I had a small hedge in a corner by a gate, and the old plants were a little too big for the spot and sprawled all over the path.  I replaced them with 4 Hidcote plants which were about 9-10 inches in height each.  Two seasons later and they are scarcely any bigger, nowhere near 'joining up'.  Is this variety particularly difficult or slow to grow?  This particular spot in the garaden has had lavender in it for the last fifteen years so I didnt imagine I would have a problem.   Many thanks if you have comments.


too late to get eremurus flowers?

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 17:28

And Monty makes it sound so easy!  Ok am resigned to no flowers this year, I'll persevere.  I have tried them before and they just rotted away, but I've incorporated lots of grit this time, so fingers crossed.  Thank you very much for all your help 


too late to get eremurus flowers?

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 14:27



too late to get eremurus flowers?

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 13:36

I have three eremurus Cleopatra crowns which I am just about to plant.  Will I get flowers this year?  I am also a little concerned as they dont have the long roots  I see on videos etc, and I'm wondering if this too will slow down the possibility of them establishing in time to produce flowers this year.  Any help appreciated .  

has anyone underplanted bamboo?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:58

Has anyone ever underplanted bamboo?  I have a new row of bamboo at the bottom of the garden where there used to be four enormous leylandii trees, and I want to underplant them so that from the house the stems are a little obscured, and a little bit of colour injected.  I tried dahlias last year but they didnt do well, however this year the bed is much better prepared - last year was rather a rush job.   I wondered about a mixture of annuals such as Ammi Major and something with a bit of an eye pop like cornflower to soften it all down as I am too late for bulbs and they are so seasonal.  It is very bright down there although I don t think there will be huge amount of direct sun on that bed, some in the morning.  Am I wasting my time with this, do let me know if you have any other ideas or comments.  Photo attached - the lawn at the back will be sown in March - this is a view (bad photo) of the bamboo as seen through the trellis from half way down the garden and a second photo (which is rotated for some reason!)  from nearer the house



Something like a pittosporum

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 18:32

I bet - such hot colours with the silver must be great. 

I am going for gold and getting a second pittosporum


Something like a pittosporum

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 17:27

Hi Verdun you may have two response from me as I did one from my phone which hasnt shown up online.  I wanted to say thank you - I didnt know about the pruning and that's such good news.  Having got home though I've looked up the Abelia 'Confetti' and it's a perfect substitute. I'm grateful for your comments 

Something like a pittosporum

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 09:32

Thank you I should have said I do have several euonymus (euonymi?!) already, but you're right the colour is a good match. 

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How long till I get my lavender hedge?

question about growth 
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too late to get eremurus flowers?

advice please 
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has anyone underplanted bamboo?

help please 
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Something like a pittosporum

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Is this scurfy rose scale?

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Prunus has lost all its leaves

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is it too late to overseed my lawn?

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Advice on new tree please

what to plant in place of Leylandii 
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pruning a winter flowering vibernum

advice please  
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trouble with acanthus

Acanthus won't flower 
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