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Plants for edging a path

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 00:00
Carol, I researched long and hard for a similar position and got 1 of each for planting in front of a fence. : Osmanthus x burkwoodii AGM, Photinia ?? fraseri 'Red Robin' AGM & Elaeagnus x ebbingei - ebbingers silverberry. And you can have them as a hedge too if you want.


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 21:38
That's brilliant, so pleased with your responses. Thank you so much.


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 21:35

Talkback: How to grow sunflowers from seed

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:45

Could you start hardening them off outside for a while each day. (I know it's a pain bringing them in and out.) I'd pot them into bigger pots so that they are more sturdy and bring them back in if cold weather is forecast, and then out again when it's mild. And you could sow some more now, for insurance. Is there some way you can stack them?

Advice with a planter

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:36

I'd definitely make drainage holes. I tried planting various things in a planter with none and the rain just sat in it and the plants died. Also, as it's wood, I probably would line it, to help preserve it/protect it from the moisture. I've found that conifers are really thirsty so that might be something to consider. I was researching heathers to buy recently (on the RHS plant finder website as always). There are some that don't mind acid or neutral soil. So I wrote the names for those down and managed to get both at our local garden centre. Most will need to be in ericacious compost. I think I'd just go big and blowsy, cheap and cheerful, chop and change according to what's out at the time so you always have a colourful display in it. Experiment. But we all have different ideas.

Lawn problems

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:19

I know it's possible to buy seed that copes well with more shady areas but I've never tried it. Other than that I don't know, but there are people on the forum far more knowledgeable than me.

Clay soil and boggy lawn

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:16

pinkjude, does the pond overflow? I was thinking of doing the same. Thanks.


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:09

Hello all

I carefully set my 1st and 2nd early potatoes in egg boxes to chit and can't remember how I organised them. I can't tell one from the other. I had intended to put most in the ground and maybe do a couple of pots but now I don't know what to do. I understand spacing, time to maturity, etc, are different for each type. Any advice would be really appreciated. Thank you.

How to get berries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 22:39
Sorry for the delay (was just watching Sherlock). Thanks nutcutlet, for your help. I will find out if my (young, unlabelled and quite newly planted) holly has a partner somewhere in the area, if it ever has berries.

How to get berries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 20:38

Thanks so much for those replies. What if my virburnum tinus eve price still has berries when flower buds start to form? Also, I thought male Skimmia Japonica Rubella needed a female or hermaphrodite (on my shopping list I have Nymans, Wakehirst and Reevesiana to get mine to berry). Now I'm wondering how far away one holly has to be from the other (perhaps it's in the page you mentioned Peter - I'll have a look). It's a minefield! But so interesting.

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How to get berries

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What's a viticella etc? 
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Meaning of Gardening Terms

Simple explanation of terms like genus 
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Summer Prune Apple Tree

Is it too late to prune? 
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Salix Repens Iona

Are these shoots from the base normal? 
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Plant ID

Photos attached for ID - peony? 
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Are they dead?

sub shrubs and perenniels no new growth yet 
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