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Hakonechloa All Gold

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 15:56

They are slow growing - hence the price! Looks great after 5-6 years. Honestly worth the wait.

Quick growing rhododendron or azalea - is there such a thing?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 13:18
punkdoc wrote (see)

Blairs. I dont like to disagree but I have a number of Rhodes and in 10 years they have probably only doubled in size.

Obviously there are many species but, the majority are slow growing.

It depends on where you live. If you live in an area with poor dry sandy soil or alkali soil, then they will be crap. If you have rich acidic soil with wet weather, then they are rampant.

planted bamboo in pot but forgot to tease a few roots-should I dig it out?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 13:15

I have seen Bamboo grow over and break concrete - compost in a pot is not going to stop it!

hedge ideas for privacy

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 12:42

What is wrong with keeping the conifers clear to say 6.5ft and leaving the rest as a screen? They will not be taking up any of the garden that way. You can make a slight raised bed to plant underneath.

Pleached hornbeam is going to be bare for 8 months of the year and provide zero privacy and is very expensive.

Quick growing rhododendron or azalea - is there such a thing?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 11:16

I bought a few Azalea from Morrisons and Homebase last year. The Morrisons one was £5 I think and it has trebled in size to about 50cm by 70cm.

Rhoddies grow large and fast - esp pontus.

Hakonechloa All Gold

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 15:30

They need well draining soil. They are forest plants, so used to soil being on the dry side.

I have Hakonechloa macra 'Alboaurea' and it is in semi-shade and doing well this year - it is in a large well draining pot.

 

What are the fields of yellow flowers I see everywhere now? " />

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 08:09

Driving past fields of Rape seed gives me an intense headache. Not a pleasant smell at all, but from a distance they do look attractive.

DAM CATS

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 16:42
red john wrote (see)

I said a lot of people have trouble with cats i will still try the jeyes thanks to every one 

What is the point when it will wash away after the first rain? Use sticks to form a barrier...it is theonly way. You are wasting time and money on any fluid.

DAM CATS

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 14:07

Do not waste your time on fluids, 'anti cat plants' and other crap people keep spewing.

There are 2 ways to stop cats digging (which is hiding their poo):

1. Have plants! Ie do not have areas of bare ground/earth.

2. If you do have areas of bare ground (waiting for bulbs/perennials etc) then put lots of bamboo sticks around to physically stop them getting there. Remove sticks as the plants grow.

Easy and cost free.

juniper tree

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 13:56

"...heavy duty plastic sheet was placed over the area of this garden and slates pebbles laid over for keep weeds down..."

Plants need air around their roots as well as water. The plastic is keeping rain and air from getting to the roots. It is also stopping excess water from evapourating, so the roots may be rotting in winter and dry in summer. I would remove the plant and use pots in future.

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