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Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 23:58


Please post pictures of you project. Would love to see what you do! 

Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 23:05

Silver birch  Not really. Perhaps if you grew an exotic looking climber through it it might help. I grew Trachycarpus fortunei as my exotic looking tree. Had to protect it from cold while young but once 4/5 ft stopped. It is now a good 15ft and is great for a windy site.

The mouse plant needs moist soil and will work brilliantly under the larger stuff as it loves to creep around. Had to post that link as found the name really funny! 

I protected my bananas with a thick pile of straw at the base and even after this last winter they have survived.

You keep mentioning using rhubarb but wouldn't you prefer an ornamental one? The leaves are enormous!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 22:46

At last can see the plants  Variegated Hemoracallis new one for me. Love the contrast with the blue grass. Are the flowers scented?

Not seen some of the Agastache before. Do they all have aromatic leaves?

Think I could spend hours wondering round so much to see!!!

Bindweed :(

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 15:21

Slightly different method...Grow up canes, take cane out, stuff bindweed in glass jar add your poison, lie it on its side on soil so rain can't get in...It has to take up poison! 

A few more "what are these" photos

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 15:14


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Ah you see this is another example of how this garden is  darn well planned - looks like there'll be interest all year. Paeony in May, hypericum for the last month or so, and a nice geranium too, anemone and astilbe in the later summer, acer in the autumn. And other delights to discover over the next 12 months too .

Addict I get the vague impression that you're not too keen on the "that horrible suckering everywhere spirea" . I'm more than happy to keep unruly plants in order so will keep an eye on it and try to make sure it's well behaved! For example the hypericum was staging a takeover bid on the whole area, and was covering an area about 8ft by 4, goiong into the spirea at one end and the anemones at the other end. So I pulled lots of it up, and also cleared a space in the secion middle of it and put a nice new hebe in there (decided there was just too much yellow so wanted to break it up). I will be very protective of the hebe until it's firmly staked its claim to some space

How did you guess lol. Not too keen on Hypericum either. Use it in gardens where rabbits and deer are a problem as they don't like it either! Glad you keep in order. Now hebes on the other hand, love them 


Posted: 25/07/2013 at 13:43

Would it be too much to dig it all out? I have dug tree trunks out so surely a willow bush can't be that hard 


Posted: 25/07/2013 at 13:38

No reason why not  Make sure you use  John Innes rather than multipurpose compost as they need free draining soil. Plant so the rhizome is still visible on the top of the soil. 

corms, tubers or what?

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 13:32

Dahlia erythronium or canna? 

unidentified flower

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 22:46

Bump! Sorry Tracey I haven't tried to post one yet but someone should be able to help you. 

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