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What to put in cleared terrace border?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:03

Hi

A few weeks ago I asked advice about a nasty overgrown and suckered rose bed/escallonia hedge, and the advice from all you lovely gardening people was to rip it all out and start again.  And now it is done..

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 As you can see its a border on our upper garden terrace, either side of some stone steps down to the lower levels.  The border faces north (we are on the coast of North Somerset) and is close to the house so it doens't get a huge amount of sun.  The soil is good (probably slightly alkaline).  The space is 1m2 to the right of the steps and 1m x3m long on the left side.

As its a terrace border, it needs to look good from both sides.  I don't want anything too high (max 60cm or so) so we can get a nice view down the garden. 

The rest of the garden is filled with cottage favourites and lots of roses.  There are already 5 other roses around the lawn on that level of terrace, as well as fennel, leucathemum,   felicia petiolata and veronica cantiana (I think - I have plan from the previous owner, but am still a novice..)

I was thinking of something matching and evergreen either side of the steps for symmetry, and would also like something to cascade over the wall of the terrace to the level below (but wonder what bearing in mind the north aspect), as well as some nice perennials for colour.

But now am faced with big empty hole and rather intimidated by it, so would appreciate all advice.

Many thanks

Rose Suckers Taking Over

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 09:37

Hi

Thanks for the replies.  I didn't plant the roses - I inherited the garden 2 years ago, and was left a plan, so I know what most plants are.

The things that are causing the problem are little thorny spikes which stick straight up from the ground around the roses and stretch about 2 metres away from it too,   They are about 1m tall, hence why you can hardly see the escallonia.  The spikey things don't flower.

Pulling or cutting out the suckers is going to be really tricky as they are all mixed in with the three escallonia shrubs (and their roots) planted in between. 

The garden got a bit much for the previous owner, and its been rather neglected - its taken me 2 years of clearing other overgrown areas before getting to this bit - its now its turn for attention at last. 

 

Rose Suckers Taking Over

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 20:33

Hi

I have a border with two Blanc Double de Coubert roses with several Escallonia Peach Blossom in between.  The roses have suckered terribly and completely smothered the Escallonia and generally made the border look spikey and dreadful.

I'm wondering if the whole border needs to come out, including the roses?, They flower pretty well and smell heavenly, but the suckers make the border look a terrible state.

Any ideas? Thanks

Something which looks nice in November

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 12:59

Hi all

Many thanks for your lovely replies.

I like the sound of the callicarpa, the Red Cascade and the colchicums. 

We've recently moved to our forever house (and garden) hence the wait to plant something.  I feel the need to plant something in the ground to mark him permanently with us (the psychology of bereavement is a strange thing), and I really, really hope we won't be moving again, ever!

Now I just need to find the best spot in the garden for your suggestions to make the final choice.

Something which looks nice in November

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 12:31

I would like to plant something in my garden in memory of my son, who lived only briefly in November 05. 

What kind of shrub would be looking nice at that time of year?  Is doesn't necessarily have to be flowering, as looking gloriously autumnal in leaf would be just as appropriate.

Any ideas welcome.
Thanks

Blueberries - where and when?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 12:21

Hi

I want to plant three blueberry plants in pots.  Is now a good time or should I wait until spring?

Where is the best place to put them? I have a north facing garden, but its large and some areas at the bottom get a fair amount of sun.  Do they need full sun or could manage some shade?  I live on the coast too - do they need a sheltered spot (I could find one where its not too windy). Lots of variables!

Thanks

Gardening Mentor?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:52

Hello all in the potting shed

Last year I bought a 200 year old house with an accompanying cottage garden filled with plants which had been (once) lovingly maintained by its elderly owners but recently got a bit neglected. 

I have only limited gardening experience but this garden is heaven and I want to learn more about how to look after it and develop it myself. 

My predecessor left me a map of most of the plants, and I have spent the last year learning about them as much as I can and watching them grow (or not) through the seasons.  I have also been rather assertive (?!) with the loppers in some of the overgrown areas.

I have two small children and work part time,so sometimes finding the time for the garden is difficult.  So I would appreciate some help in the garden, but not in the traditional "mow the grass and tickle the beds" approach that the local gardeners seem to offer - I can manage that myself.  I'm looking for a gardening mentor who can tell me what is what and what jobs I should be doing when, and showing me how to do it.  I have a pile of books from the library/charity shop, but not a lot of time to read them all.

How do you think I could go about finding someone to help?  There is a local Horticultural Society, but they seem to just meet for a talk by someone once a month.

I'm near Bristol if that's helps with any advice.

Thanks for any pointers.

Choisya and Myrtle Looking Poorly

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:27

Hi

I have two Choisya Aztec Pearl in my back garden, and both are dropping lots of  leaves and looking poorly despite having buds.  I have only had the garden just over a year and don't remember them looking this bad last spring.  Could it be the cold winter/spring so far, or something else?

I also have two Myrtle Communis which are also looking a bit poorly (brown patches on leaves etc).  These usually do well (my house is called Myrtle Cottage and has been for 150 years - suspect the Myrtle in the front garden has been there a while and was huge (20 feet tall) when we moved in).  Its against a sunny south facing wall and we are by the sea.  Although I would prefer it was a bit smaller, I don't want it to die!

Any ideas?

Thanks

Thanks

Pruning (or worse) a Myrtle Communis

Posted: 19/01/2012 at 10:50

Hi

I hope someone can help with my problem.  I have just bought a 200 year old house, called Myrtle Cottage.  Its had this name for while (carved on the gatepost) and known as such in local history records going back to the mid 1840s at least. 
It has a large (approx 15 foot tall by 10 feet wide) Myrtle Communis by the front door which is obviously thriving (sheltered south facing position), but its just too large and blocking light into the front dining room window and I would like to reduce its size, whilst not killing it or making it look terribly ugly.

I don't know how long Myrtle's may live, but I'm sensitive to the fact that it may be the original Myrtle after which the cottage is named, and would prefer not to remove it.  Would it manage a fairly serious prune/cut back?  Without wanting to incur the wrath of the local history community I would be happy to remove it and plant another smaller one in its place if it was the only answer.

Any thoughts welcome.
Thanks

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