- My garden is high in the Pennines where no-one else is mad enough to even try. I keep it as natural as possible so it blends with the borrowed landscape, but try for lots more flowers.
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Today at 09:00
Would love to recommend mine, bought from Dobies, but it's over 25 years old and they don't make them any more! Still used every year for seeds and cuttings, though it has got a new homemade lid with a bubblewrap cover
Last edited: 26 July 2017 09:00:51
Today at 08:48
It looks like the moss I get around my garden and fields that I just call 'starry moss', but don't know its proper name. There are over 800 different mosses in Britain and it is hard to find definitive photos of most of them! Think it may possibly be one of the rock mosses, but not sure as I get it in boggy areas too.
If it is a problem in your lawn, you would probably get better results by aerating and improving the drainage, as mosses will always colonise damp areas.
Last edited: 26 July 2017 08:51:03
Yesterday at 14:07
Maybe a Tulbaghia? Leaves do smell oniony....
Yesterday at 13:58
I bought some in Ho..ba.. for around £8 and they are working just fine on grass, shrubby bits and scrubby bits!
2 days ago at 11:00
How about Hakonechloa? Gorgeous golden green leaves for a large part of the year and can cope with shade and some soil moisture. Mine grows in claggy stuff in my bog garden and is very happy! You are supposed to cut it back in spring, but I haven't, apart from removing some of the old dead leaves (it is deciduous, but starts up early!) and it looks fine.
3 days ago at 22:11
It doesn't matter how long you've been doing it, there are still things you don't know! New plants, or ones you haven't grown before, or new thinking, or better ways to do things, new tools, techniques, etc
Plus you are always trying to second guess the weather and, for many people, certainly for me, the way plants respond in my garden doesn't match the standard advice. I've nearly lost a couple of things by following standard practice, so now I err on the side of caution and follow my own instinct and keep my fingers crossed
The results may not be perfect, but I'm a simple soul and easily pleased and can still be made to feel ridiculously happy by a couple of flowers or fruits on something I've grown
3 days ago at 17:37
If you are anywhere near me you can have as much as you could possibly want!
It loves it here and just spreads and spreads (I have several plants like that, sometimes right plant right place can lead to problems!) I always feel guilty pulling it out and dumping it, because it is so willing and trouble free.It is nearly impossible to kill - I had several clumps I dug up just sitting on concrete for 3 years wit no noticeable impairment to flowering or growth.
It gives a good show of flower for a decent length of time and if not cut back, the rusty brown winter stems look quite nice in the winter garden. But it is so yellow and there is so much of it and I need the room for other things!
22 Jul 2017 11:35
Nothing wrong with your notes, but I can't help feeling you are setting yourself quite a learning challenge! There's a lot of wordage there, ( I realise you have pics too) and even as a word person, I would find find it hard to remember too many plants that way. We all learn in different ways though, so if it works welll for you, then please just ignore me!
What I would do, is to choose a particular plant. Say Heuchera, as you have two in your list. Go and really look at all the Heucheras in stock at your garden centre. Look at what makes them like each other - the shape of the leaves, the shape of the flowers. Look at the things that make one variety different from the next one - leaf colour, size/colour of flower etc.. Get a 'feel' for what a Heuchera is like.
Then do your research. Find out where they will grow, what soil, what pH, sun or shade, moisture levels, size, hardiness, pests/diseases. These things you need to take note of. They are the 'facts that will back up the idea of 'Heuchera' you have learned from looking at them and they are the things gardeners will want to know. You will find most of the facts apply to most of the plants, so you only need to learn them once and note the differences.
Finally add a few pics of different varieties as illustration. You will now be able to answer almost any question a customer asks about Heucheras
Now choose another plant! Good Luck
20 Jul 2017 11:49
You won't have quite the same problem with Echinops and Veronica as they are both perennials and grow differently. They form a good root system and have leaves nearer ground level and it is only the flower stems that grow tall.
You will need to start them under cover, prick out into individual pots and grow on, probably potting on again to get strong plants for your border. Not all perennials flower in their first year either, so you may have few or no flowers. But it should all pay off the following year and is a great way to get a lot of plants for a small financial outlay. You do need a good stock of patience though!
20 Jul 2017 08:45
Sphagnum moss keeps its form fairly well even when dry, so you could try a giant version of the mossy poles they grow climbers up, just moss, held in place with a length of thin wire. Or maybe wrap the pipe in some of that bamboo or heather screening stuff. It should cope with the odd bit of dampness from time to time if it is meant to be used outside.
20 Jul 2017 06:45
Is there nowhere you could tuck a black bin bag full of leaves? under a shrub maybe?
15 Jul 2017 11:28
It sounds as if it might suit Mediterranean plants like sage, rosemary, lavender, hyssop, thyme etc. Achilleas and agastaches would also enjoy it, and if you don't get very cold winters, cistus and some of the other shrubby salvias too. All of these thrive in poor, stoney soil so you wouldn't need to add much manure, perhaps a little topsoil if it is very rooty, with added grit.
15 Jul 2017 11:13
In my previous garden I had a patch of sweet williams and just left them. They came up every year in varying colours, young ones taking over as the old ones died
14 Jul 2017 13:52
Could it be a fig-leaved hollyhock?
14 Jul 2017 13:28
Looks like Acca sellowiana, the pineapple guava.
11 Jul 2017 08:29
Most regulars on this forum find their lawns shrink in size because they keep extending their borders!
Seriously though, you would probably need to build a frame to the new size and fill with topsoil, as you couldn't adjust the height difference - you would have to wade through 5 inches of gravel! But whether you turf or re-seed there will almost certainly be a difference in colour between new grass and old.
Perhaps you could trim more often and reduce the number of times it is actually edged?
11 Jul 2017 08:18
Any chance vine weevils could have got at him?
09 Jul 2017 09:02
`Most of us on this forum are UK based so know very little about your conditions, but to me it looks as if the problem is that.you are trying to grow non-desert plants in a famous desert . Even with the extra water they are struggling because their leaves are not adapted to cope with the heat, sun and dry air and so they lose too much water through transpiration. The plants that grow wild in your part of the world are ones that are adapted to the environment with small leaves, or spines, like the cactuses, hairy or grey or silver to reduce sun damage etc. Right plant, right place!
Your choice is either to make a beautiful desert garden, using plants from simlar environments around the world, or to somehow make your garden more suitable for the plants you have chosen.This will be difficult or maybe impossible. Some shade would help - maybe shade sails? - but you would need more overall humidity and some plants need a cool period or sufficient water at a critical time to produce flowering and the heat will always be an issue for some. Unable tio ID your plants as clipping gives no clues as to growth habit, so cannot be more precise.
Last edited: 09 July 2017 09:04:07
08 Jul 2017 14:29
Why ? Do you only have refained upper middle class birds?
07 Jul 2017 14:15
Most climbers are quite vigorous plants and would soon outgrow that space. Why not keep the ivy as a backdrop, and plant something flowery in front of it, or grow something like a patio clematis up it, which would not be strong enough on its own to cover the wall. Or you could ring the changes with annual climbers like Mina lobata, shorter sweet peas such as Jet Set, canary creeper or morning glories, which will hang on to the ivy but die at the first frost.