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Please help me design my garden - part 2

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 14:42

Here is a site with some easy shrubs to grow in shade.

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Plant-trials-and-awards/Plant-awards/10-AGM-plants/10-AGM-variegated-evergreen-shrubs

Easier to find a bigger selection of hardy perennials, such as hostas, brunnera, dicentra, heuchera, tiarella, pulmonaria, violas, and several sorts of hardy geraniums.

Please help me design my garden - part 1

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 14:30

There are lots of different sorts of perennial geraniums which are pretty and very easy to grow, also veronicas, penstemons, campanulas. Have a look on Google or a gardening book and look in your local garden centre. The plants often have labels that tell you about their care as well.

Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 10:34

Are you sure slugs haven't nibbled around the bottom of the stems?

Strawberries

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 10:33

How old are the plants? Strawberries need changing every 3 or 4 years. I would dig out the strawberries, replace the top 6 inches of compost. Add a bit of fertiliser. Cut of all the old brown leaves, replant the strawberries and water them.

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 10:29

It really prefers to be grown outside. But if that's not possible give it a feed (fertiliser) and cut the top half off. When using mint, same for basil, you crop not by picking leaves of, but by cutting off the top of the stems. That way it makes sideshoots and grows bushier.

Pruning shrubs

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 10:25

You prune them straight after they have flowered. They can be pruned fairly hard. I use a hedge cutter.

Gardeners World

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 10:23

Has anyone seen Beechgrove the programme from Scotland? On BBC Scotland, if you have Sky, on Thursday evenings and on BBC 2 on Sunday mornings.

Complete novice thwarted by the weeds!

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 10:13

For dandelions in the lawn either you dig them out or you use a selective lawn weedkiller which kills weeds, not grass. But keep your little one off it until it's been rained on. For the paving glyphosate weed killer is best. It takes a little time before you see it work though as it has to be taken down through the leaves into the roots. It doesn't affect the soil, only the leaves it has touched. When it's dry on the leaves I think it's harmless to all but the plant.

Bindweed in the hedge is tricky. You will have to kepp pulling it out. Or try and tease it out and dab leaves with glyphosate.

Horsetail has long roots and the only way is to spray is with glyphosate. (No, I don't work for the company!) Most other weedkillers have been banned now so there isn't much other choice!

Plant choice suggestions please

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 10:01

Hello. This company sells British grown wild flower plug plants and their are photos and descriptions on their web site.

http://www.englishplants.co.uk/

Trying to replace a shrub but unable to find the name of it.

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 09:54

Here is a teucrium fructicans.

http://www.pepinieres-montimas.com/sites/montimas/pages/medias/ACTU/boule-copie.jpg

 

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