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Trees For Containers

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 21:22

I think some large Cordyline Australis would give the look you seem to be going for. They do fine in pots. Musa Basjoo are hardy banana and also do fine in a pot if well kept and protected in winter?

If you really want a tree then Italian Cypress.

Privacy Issue

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 17:08

Personally I would build a 4ft wall and then place the 6ft fence on top of that. You will then have permanent privacy. I need not be that expensive.

Eucalyptus is very fast growing. 8ft in year 2/3 after planting a small one out an dis evergreen. Rowan/Ash will grow fast from small wips (less than £1 each bare root). Not evergreen of course but in the right spot will reach 8ft within a few years.

Contorted Hazel

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 16:43

Mr Ford is correct, cut from the base

Hedging Choice

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 09:23

Wildlife friendly need not mean that is feeds them or is native. Many non-native plants support a wide range of wildlife. An evergreen hedge provides important nesting and shelter year round.

One of the best evergreen hedges that I have seen was a mix of colour - golden privet, red and pink photinia, Yew, Strawberry tree etc.

Planting a tree

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:52

Punkroc is correct. The modern method is for square holes and back filling with the same soil. That encourages the roots to seek nutrients and thus will be stronger in winds as the roots will be far and wide.

If heavy soil then planting the tree slightly higher, say 1inch, than the surround soil will help with drainage and soak water down to the roots.


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 11:10

Yes, just spread them around acid loving plants or on bark paths.

Splitting a clump of Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:14

I split several Washingtonia palms last year. I used a hose to remove most of the soil and they came apart with most of their roots intact quite easily. I added some bonemeal and feed and fresh soil and they have done well in the ground since. Trachycarpus are far hardier and will grow much bigger in the ground than in a pot.

Regular contributers.

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 21:42

How regular is regular? I come and go when I have time and interest tbh. I like problem solving and if I can help I will do so.

Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 21:40

My wife hates them but I think they look fine. I like finding old colonies of them. There is a colony of wild ones near Edinburgh airport, right by the road. I wonder how many people drive past never noticing South African plants thriving so far north?

Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 18:22

I like kniphofia northiae. It is a monster.

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