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Posted: 30/07/2014 at 12:46

Portuguese Laurel is a great privacy shrub. Grows quite fast, evergreen. easily pruned and takes shade and sun.

garden help

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 10:30

What are you doing for 15-20 hours per week in the garden? I do about 2 hours at most in a week - cutting grass, pruning, watering etc.

Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 10:24

"That's a datura, their flowers grow upwards, brugmansia flowers dangle downwards"

Correct. Brugs are also much larger...mine are 7ft now.


Dead blades of grass in lawn

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 12:18

I always have a rubbish lawn as the ground underneath is really hard with clay soil and lots of kids and me on it, so really trying this year. I de-thatched in spring, added feed, aerated etc yet mine still had all that dead bits of grass. My lawn mower needs a new blade as that could also be part of the problem. Taking the rake out and raking up the dead bits, keeping the mower on the top setting and watering all has helped green it up. Good luck!

Autumn bliss

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 12:14

If you just planted them this year then they should be putting down roots first then top growth. They are spreaders so even if you get nothing this year you will next. I got my first ripe raspberries 2 weeks ago...they come earlier every year. I think the first year mine fruited in late August/Sept.

Ceanothus life span?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 10:56

Do you know what variety of Ceanothus it is? I would be tempted to cut it down and see if it regrows and vigour.

Dead blades of grass in lawn

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 15:43

Mine looks the same. I raked over it to take out the thatch at the weekend and it looks better already.

Large plant needed for balcony, help appreciated!

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 13:19

Oleander come in many colours - Orange being one of the most difficult ones to buy in the UK. The cream/yellow ones can be nearly orange. You are most likely to find them in a GC than online.

If you are after orange flowers then Azalea or Rhododendrons would be a better bet to be able to source for this weekend.

Large plant needed for balcony, help appreciated!

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 12:43

I would go for Nerium Oleander. Evergreen and flowers.

Callistemon (bottle brush plant) is slightly hardier but the flowers more fleeting and is also evergreen.

The 2 above do not mind the winds associated with balconies.

A Fatsia (there are lots of varieties, Spiders web, Annelise and Fatsia polycarpa come very well recommended).

I would not advise to get any of the other plants mentioned above as they are not hardy and London gets air and ground frosts, even super sheltered central London ones. The wind will rip to shreds Canna and musa leaves and will look terrible in no time. You will also be staring at an empty pot come December for Hedychium, Canna and Brugs.

I do like Jungleplants! but a balcony is no good for them.

Floppy sedums

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 15:06

Chelsea chop works for me...or shade as that stunts growth. Chelsea chop gives you lots of new plants as they root easily in water.

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