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Agave Seed Germination

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 21:46

I found this link incase anyone wondered! Worked for me.

Plant advice needed : damp shade

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 21:45

Ferns will do well - Japanese Holly Ferns are evergreen and have lovely foliage. Latin name is Crytomium falcatum, there is a giant version which would make a specimen plant.

Mahonia and Japanese Anemone also do well.

Windy roof garden destroying everything

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 09:58
hypercharleyfarley wrote (see)

Perhaps you could use bamboo (several pots) to make some sort of windbreak which would help the rest of the plants.  Other windbreaks could be made from wooden trellis too - and this would also give you something to use for growing things like the beans you mentioned.

Bamboo does not like windy sites - they will be bare sticks within weeks.

Advice required for low maintenance raised beds?

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 08:41

I like all the above ideas. I would keep the planting to one plant type only. It will make a statement and look good and be low maintenance. The raised bed sounds well draining so a large bed of English Lavender would look and smell wonderfull, esp in summer.


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 14:05

They do not do well in pots - they are found by stream banks in nature, so well draining but moist soil. In summer pots are far too dry for them, although a few did well in a pot for me last year, but that was a wet summer!


Get them in the ground and they will grow like mad.

Bare root plants

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:46

Canna Lillies need at least 20C to start growth. Pot them up, water  and put them in the airing cupboard for a few days to spur growth.

black bamboo

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:45

Black Bamboo need full sun (to go black), moist soil and to be kept out of strong wind. I have mine without a barrier and have no signs of running yet. Heavier the soil the less likely they are to run.

old greenhouse uses??

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:21

It will cost about £50 to reglaze it with strong polycarbonate.

Plant advice needed : damp shade

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 15:09

Are you sure the area is damp and shade all year? I have damp shade half the year then the other it gets a good dose of sun and can get very dry.

It makes a difference to plants.

Windy roof garden destroying everything

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 13:22

A hedge in large pots of hardy trees like Scots Pine (keep them pruned to keep them a hedge) would give you a wind break.


Gladioli die over winter and come back every late spring/early summer.

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