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Name your favourites - help me fill a trellis

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 15:48

Sorry, I somehow missed the fact that you gave the names your first post (it's what comes of nipping in from gardening for a few minutes for a cup of tea!)  Nevertheless, they are indeed Group 2 so can be treated as I advised.  You would only cut them back to 30cm in their first year, to help develop more stems from the base, unless you were indeed growing them in containers.  Here are your clematis on (the best, in my opinion) clematis site on the web:



Ooh La La:

The first two will reach 1.5-2m, but Ooh La La will reach 1m max, according to the Hull university site above.

As others have said, probably best to consider a mix of climbers if you want the whole trellis covered.  I grow a few Winter-flowering evergreen Clematis Cirrosa "Freckles" which can lightly cover a large area, have small pretty leaves and are easy to control/look after (just cut off any stems growing where you don't want them - simple!)  I grow Group 2's through them.



Name your favourites - help me fill a trellis

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 13:59

Agree with Dove - get them in the ground (in a nice deep hole, filled with compost) if you can.

They look like Group 2 (early large-flowered) types, so will continue growing after flowering and should have a second flush later in the year.  Once the current flowers finish, cut each flower off and they will sprout new sideshoots from just below the flower stem.  Group 2 types aren't pruned back much, so they will cover a larger area next year.  In early spring, starting from the tip of each stem, work backwards until you see a pair of healthy looking buds and cut the stem just above them.

maybe poplar

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 13:51

Changed my mind, jean - just had a look at a self-sown Birch in my garden and leaves look identical. 

what is this leaf..?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 13:50

Hi jean, I've changed my mind - I think it's another Birch, perhaps a different kind to the other one.

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 12:10

Hi Verd,  It's North facing, so a lot of shade - probably why I can grow the pale heucheras - the darker ones don't do as well.  Due to the shade and clay soil, the old lawn never did well no matter what I did, so gave up!  I think if I was South facing, I'd probably go for a lovely striped sward!

what is this leaf..?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 12:01

Might be one of the poplars?  Are the leaves opposite or alternate?  Same colour underneath?

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 11:44

Mine is probably best described as a cottage/woodland garden.  It's a very odd shape, a series of connected triangles.  Most stuff in the borders is perennial which I have grown from seed.  Have a GH, potting shed (which doubles up as a 2nd GH in the latter half of the year.)  It was completely overgrown when we bought the house from an old couple who were unable to do much any longer.  Only one wanted plant (the peony seen in recent photos, now at least 35 years old) survives from the original garden (plus a multitude of pernicious weeds, of course!)  Heavy clay soil, so first job was to arrange drainage (almost all beds/borders are now raised) which took a couple of years.  There are 3 crop-rotated veg plots in the centre of the largest triangle, which borders a racecourse on one long side and a tennis court the other.  No lawns - bark is used instead to enhance the 'woodland' effect - the only grass I have is couch.. 


Posted: 09/06/2013 at 11:08

Hi Rubina, what type of compost have you used in the pot?  They need acid conditions so it should be ericaceous.  Blueberries mustn't be allowed to dry out, but like any plant, overwatering can kill them too.  They should only be watered with rainwater as tap water is often alkaline and will do them no good.

Does any of the above help?

Summer has arrived

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 22:17

Some photo's from today;  A bit of a red theme.

Clematis "Rebecca".  I need to move this as it's not getting enough sun, but is the reddest one I have growing:

Oriental poppies:

Peony in full bloom:

 and lupins:



Aubergine help please!

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 15:08

Hi Becka, they need to be grown under glass/clear plastic in the UK so outside in a mini greenhouse will suit them just fine.  Don't feed them until they are in flower - if you are already feeding them, then stop.  Make sure you put them somewhere sunny as that is essential. 

You may be surprised at how large and pretty the flowers are when they (hopefully) eventually arrive.

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