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What exotic plants are you growing this year?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:40

Stick to hardy palms - Trachycarpus and Chammies are very hardy, Washingtonia and the Canary Island Date Palms are half-hardy, perhaps more in a very sheltered spot.

Ravenala can go outside in summer but need to come inside or in a heated greenhouse in winter. They will eventually grow too big.

What exotic plants are you growing this year?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:13

Same as every year - various ensetes, Musa Basjoo, Hedychium and other Gingers, hardy Schefflera and palms.

laurel hedge will not grow near leylandii tree.

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 14:13

I would dig at the boundary with a spade, severing all the roots and keeping it open to stop more Leylandii roots coming in would help. I would then rake in lots of manure and feed into the area where the Laurels are. Watering them for a year or so until they are established would help.

What can I plant in a shaded north facing garden?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:46

A lot of the japonica's would work - Fatsia, Skimmia, Mahonia, Aucuba...

Front Garden Wall

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:37

The nicest evergreen hedge that I have seen was Leylandii. They key is to prune it regularly.

Beech looks classy.

Talkback: Scarifying a lawn

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 16:32

You can use compost but you are better to use a dressing made out of peat, sand and a fine compost. I rake in this after scaryfying the lawn and adding some seed. It is still early to do these things - April is normally the ideal time.

How to use a cold frame

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 14:41

A slab in full sun will be warmer than gravel. Black slabs will store heat and white ones reflect it Lucy.


Posted: 26/03/2015 at 13:29

They like well draining soil...back of a border near a wall is perfect for them.

Plant identification

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 10:59

Looks like Euphorbia griffithii and it is hardy but is also deciduous.

Why have my box plants turned orange?????

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 09:30

Wintersong means Bonemeal or Bone and Fish meal. You can buy tubs of this and spread it around the Box plants. It is a general feed for this time of year and will help.

I would try that and some grass feed (high Nitrogen) before removing any box. I also agree that it is not blight!.

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