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Neglected mainly herbaceous border - help needed please

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 09:04

Thanks everyone for the advice.

I think I'm going to chance moving them now, the weather has cooled considerably here of late and I am prepared to give extra TLC for a while whilst they re-establish themselves.

I'll let you know how it goes, once again, thank you for the help

will they stick hot sun

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 13:50

There are many different varieties of Acer, some do indeed enjoy shade to semi shade mainly the golden leaf varieties but there are some which will tolerate the sun (but not a very exposed site which I think you are describing.

I think most of them are deciduous, wind in winter I don't think would be a problem.

While they are in leaf however exposure to wind and very intense heat would cause the leaves to dry and curl which does not look good.

Why not grow them in a pot with good ericaceous compost, this way you can move to accommodate the conditions, they are happy in a pot because they do not have an extensive root run.

Neglected mainly herbaceous border - help needed please

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 13:36

I have a very neglected mainly herbaceous border (with a few established shrubs) which is in desperate need of a makeover.

Some plants need dividing, some have self seeded (in the wrong place!) and ivy has taken over completely in some other areas.  It's a deep border, 6ft at its deepest and I am aching to get in there and tackle it but don't want to loose any of the lovely plants which are growing there (all very healthy and happy).

When is the best time to take everything out and do the work without causing stress to the plants.

All advice greatly appreciated . . . thank you.

Tall plants for a north facing wall?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 17:14

ighten, there was a whole feature on climbers and the aspects they are best suited to on Beechgrove Gardens last Thursday (presented by the lovely Chris Beardshaw).

Link to the accompanying fact sheet below, sorry don't know how to turn it into a link.

Pot or not

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 17:02

Astilbe really like the conditions you describe, damp, partial shade . . . I have had a lovely specimen plant growing happily by my wildlife pond for many years.

There's no reason why you couldn't try it in the terracotta pot but you would have to keep it really well watered, maybe line with a heavy duty plastic too as terracotta is porous and could draw the moisture away from the plant.

My philosophy on gardening is . . . give it a go, if it doesn't work don't do it again ! 

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 11:50

What about Chris Beardshaw Salino?  He's eye candy enough for me and he has very green fingers, enough said 

Delphinium seedlings

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 08:50

Fishy65, you must have such green fingers, I heard that delphinium seed needs to be fresh to germinate (up to 1 year old) so you have been really blessed.

I threw away several packets recently that I forgot to sow . . . doh!  I didn't think I had a prayer with them, now I'm thinking that I should have chanced my arm.

Anyway well done you!!

Expensive gardening mistake - help needed

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 10:50

How about using gabion blocks to act as retaining walls?  Strong mesh "boxes" filled with stone/rubble not only will look attractive but are a relatively cheap solution.

It sounds like you have some rubble already which could be retrieved and used to fill the gabion.

I'm intending to use this solution to part terrace my sloping garden this summer.



Posted: 07/05/2014 at 16:21

Hi nutcutlet, just checked out Touchwood site and wow, placed an order immediately and can't wait to they arrive (fingers crossed), thanks for the recommendation.

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