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shade loving ground cover

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:54

Geranium phaeum is good, but it spreads ike a rampaging forest fire throughout the rest of the garden - be warned!  I now cut it down at the first sign of seed heads, and even so it pops up everywhere, and is too tall  and big to allow it its head as I can do with other plants.

Also for dry shade, pachysandra is very good, nicely shaped leaves and white spikey flowers.

This next bit is for gardeners with a very strong constitution.  We have a very large and well loved red sycamore half way down our garden - under which little will grow. Please sit down now if you are likely to faint ....... I have planted variegated ground elder there, it lightens up the area and looks wonderful.  As it has to really struggle for life it does not spread, it had s been there for about 10 years now, and remains more or less in place.  It is never, ever allowed to flower, it does occasionally try to hijack a lift out in a nearby pot, but so far I have spotted it and stopped the escape.    This is not something I would suggest except for the darkest, dryest & most inhospitable of places, but in these it really does do a great job.   I do have its weedy first cousin in another part of the garden, that is not welcome and seems to be trying for world domination - but we all know about that one. 

Hanging basket trial

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:43

Grew this last year, its lovely - it has grown again this year but is paler and rather straggly in comparison - mind, I just let it die down & kept it in the cool greenhouse.  Maybe I should cut it to the base this year.  

Hanging basket trial

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:43

Grew this last year, its lovely - it has grown again this year but is paler and rather straggly in comparison - mind, I just let it die down & kept it in the cool greenhouse.  Maybe I should cut it to tje base this year.  

Herbaceous/shrub clematis

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:41

... and lots and lots of water  until it goes down in the winter.  We have several of these nonclimbing clematis, they are very nice weaving their way wherever they will around other plants.  Mostly shades of purple so far, expect hybridisers will bring in more colours in due course. 

wildflowers

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 10:28

Oregano, or majoram, does do well in pots, but as I mentioned before, it does self seed everywhere.  We have several different types doing so, which I find Ok, but maybe in a smaller space might become overpowering.   It is amazing how big plants can make enough roots in what appears to be the tiniest of cracks and spaces - particularly foxgloves and verbascum.  Another vigourous self sower is columbine, unless you have the sterile new hybrids, they appear in the most amazingy tiny areas, as do the tiny daisies whose name I can't reacall just now - I had them in a pot from whence they seeded to the front steps - where they grow happily, though the potfull went years ago.  White tall campanula self seeds enthusiastically as well, again into the most incredible of places, as does blue lobelia from the hanging baskets.    I love all this self seeding, even if they are not specifically 'wild' plants, they are acting that way. 

Overwintered runner bans

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 10:22

Yes please, really want to hear how the beans get on.

In my trough in which I grew pumpkins last year, a very pretty deep pink petunia arrived, presumably from old compost.  I left it be, it has survived the winter, and is now coming into flower again.  I suspect that many of our annual plants could survive if we had the weather for  it, or kept them under cover - but usually we don't do this, nor have the room to do so.  Lovely when it happens naturally. 

Slugs and Snails

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 10:18

Copper tape does help around the hosta pots, using nematodes is good but a) very hard work, and b) nature abhors a vacuum, so all the neighbours slugs and snails come in once they realise ours had died!!   The organic pellets help a bit, but in the end we have to realise that we do share our gardens with all other living things - and sadly that includes slugs and snails.  I wonder if we would like ladybirds as much as most of us do, were they a different colour and pattern?

Dead Wisteria

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 10:15

Hear hear, patience is a virtue in apparently dead plants.  My local shop keeps 'dead' plants for me to look at, and sells them to me at ridiculous prices (they think it is ridiculous because they are selling me a dead plant, and I think it ridiculous because I have had good plants for next to nothing!).    E.g. my now large and beautiful corkscrew hazel cost me 49p., ditto several other things.  Seems like a winner either way - and teaches patience.

Talking of which, i have a  'James Stirling'  whipcord hebe, which is about 9 - 10 years old. It is a lovely shade of gold, and has become a pretty big plant.  This year, for the first time, it has covered itself with little white starry flowers!   Who would have thought!

Allium growths?

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 10:09

Yes, the odd one does do this bulb in the flower production - I have never done anything with them except marvel at their interesting looks, maybe if I get some this year I shoud try and plant them?   Could take a very long time before getting anything useful, but that is OK. 

Mowing the lawn, but not the frogs!

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 10:07

I do not have a pond but both our neighbours do and we get lots of little frgs - which is great.  However, on the lines of what Bobthe Gardener said, it is a very disconcerting feeling when you pick up a handful of dead leves and it leas out of your hand!!

BobTheGardener wrote (see)<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #465584; font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal;">I have a few toads which are great (they eat slugs!), but they don't half make me jump when they leap out from beneath a shady plant when I'm planting or weeding nearby!


  That did give me a shock the first few times, I try and look a bit closer these days!

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