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The very best variegated herbaceous n perennial plants....and do you like em?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 12:32

It depends on plants if variegation works or not.

For impact variegated canna like Pretoria and Durban are unbeatable.

Variegated Azalea is great as is variegated Phormiums in all colours.

Fatsia spiders web is different but the variegata variety can look sick.

Variegated Palms looks ill to me - I prefer them totally green.

Wisteria never bloomed in 2nd yr

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 09:13

Good advise Terry - I shall also be trying that!

azalea top leaves turning brown

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 19:44

It could be young leaves fried in the hard frosts of a few weeeks ago.

Has anyone got buds on there apple tree yet

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 19:43

You should see buds, even if not open yet. If you really cannot see any buds then you need to do the scratch test to check if it is still alive.

Agapanthus

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 15:26
  1. No expert but for me, make sure they are root bound - that dries the soil and seems to force them to flower. I have mine in a terracotta pot. I water them in summer and try and keep them dry in a cold frame all winter. I made the mistake of putting them out in early March and they got frosted this year - that really seems to slow them down for months.

Under trampoline plants?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 15:25

It is full sun under a trampoline...not good for Alpines. I suppose waiting to see what self seeds under it might be an option. I would not spend any money on plants specifically for it - dead zone comes to mind.

Agave Seed Germination

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 21:46

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

http://gardenofeaden.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/how-to-grow-agave-from-seed.html

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.

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