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Can you recommend a shrub for this border?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 21:36

Many thanks for all the suggestions. I hate to admit it, but I don't like the colour yellow, which rules out a few! I'm particularly interested in the nandina idea. I've been doing some research and it seems as though "Richmond" is the one to look for. I haven't been able to locate one yet but there are lotsof good nurseries here in Dorset.


Many thanks again.

Can you recommend a shrub for this border?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 15:15

I have just removed a poorly-performing hydrangea from the spot you can see to the left of the pyracantha. As you can see, this south-facing border is backed by leylandii and I think a lack of moisture will have been part of the problem.....plants tend to grow outwards here, rather than up. I'd like to replace it with a shrub which has an upright habit, will show up against the leylandii and (preferably) be evergreen. I'm considering a purple-leaved berberis. What do other people think? (We live in Dorset, so the climate is (usually!) mild.


Planting wallflowers

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:28

It will soon be time to plant these lovely flowers again. They are so adaptable - last year I bought too many (not unusual), so planted the spares in a box, where they stayed until March. I was able to fill in many gaps in the garden and the flowers produced were equally as good as those planted in October,

Am I right in planting them deep? I'm sure I've read that advice somewhere. Any other helpful hints? Do people nip out the tops when planting? Feed them?

Autumn planting of Alliums (not!!)

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:21

Thanks for the advice. It's great to get practical, detailed answers to queries!

This forum is great

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 21:33

I thought I'd miss the BBC forum. Not a bit! I love this one. It is far better.

Autumn planting of Alliums (not!!)

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 20:37

I'm definitely going to try potting alliums this year. It sounds such a good idea. I hadn't realized you could do this and then place them where you want in the Spring. But what size pots do I need? How deep do I plant them? I know they are all different sizes, but I'm talking about allium schubertii and other large types.

Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 16:51

Thank you Flowerchild. I found the website very interesting.....The groundcover you can see is an erica carnea .I don't think this poses a problem, do you? I think I'll cut the fuchsia right back, burn all the leaves on the ground  and hope for better next year! Thanks again for your interest and help.

Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 17:02

This is the photo of the troubled fuchsia. What you see is the underside of the leaf. The RHS definition of rust is "orange pustules", Alina - but this seems more like bright yellow dust. I can see a little brown insect on the leaf too - but he might just be passing by!.....



Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 21:16

I've taken a close-up photo and will post it as soon as I can get it to work!

Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 14:35

I love fuchsias and am always trying new varieties. I have about eighteen different ones at the moment and they have produced (and are still producing) an excellent display. Except one! Practically all the stems are reduced to two leaves at the end, where there are a few flowers. On examining one remaining leaf I see the reverse side is covered in a bright yellow sort of dust. Is this rust? Possibly on the plant when I bought it? I thought fuchsia rust would have orange spots not yellow dust.....

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