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Posted: 06/09/2013 at 12:15

Congratulations Joyce! This is wonderful news for you and your neighbours - well done!

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 21:36

Looks as though you have made a great start with the clearing of the site and the laying of a lawn.

If you have access to some well rotted horse manure from a local stables - quite often free, it would be a great addition to your garden. As has been previously mentioned, improving your soil and the hole that you dig will pay dividends as your shrub is going to be there for a long time.

Autumn is a good time to plant shrubs as the soil is still warm and it is easier to keep new plants well watered to get them established. Sometimes though you  get a better range of plants in the GC when that plant is in flower or sometimes you like to see a shrub in flower before you buy... and sometimes its an impulse buy!! 

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 19:26

Hi StanyeWest or should that be StanyeNorth - North London clay should let you grow acidic plants.

A camellia avoiding early morning sun would be nice - evergreen shiny foliage, reds available, spring flowering (if you are near an Aldi - reaonably priced ones are usually available in the new year)

A Nandina domestica - sprays of creamy flowers in May/June, evergreen with different coloured foliage throughout the year, red berries in winter.

A Hibiscus for summer flowers - red available 

Full shade - Hydrangea petiolaris is a climber that likes shade - bright green foliage in spring, white flowers in May, yellow leaves in autumn and a tracery of red brown stems in winter - it would need some support in order to help it climb but it is a lovely plant; maybe ferns - Monty Don planted some on last week's Gardeners' World. 

I'll have a think about your shady side - I'm assuming it faces north. No sun at all not even one end or part way up your fence? I'm assuming you have a fence...

Hope this helps.

I cant stay logged in

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 19:11

All my post reminders are going in my spam box!! I have now stopped them and click on followed threads to catch up on threads I am interested in.

However I have been typing away some beautiful replies and then hit a button near the back space button and I lose the whole lot!! Not sure which button I am hitting but very very frustrating  - if I could have found a face with steam coming out of ears I would have posted it !

Identify please

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 14:23

Nigella or Love in a mist

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 13:59

Could you give us a bit more detail about your garden in order for you to get better answers. We all have our favourite shrubs but not all will be suitable for your garden so....what part of the country are you in? What is your soil like - sandy, clay etc? What is the the ph of your soil - if you don't know, look in gardens around you if there are rhododendrons and camellias growing then it will be acidic. Is you gadren exposed to high winds or a wind tunnel? What kind of feel are you after - formal or cottage garden feel ...How much shade does your shady border get? 

Tree and bush dieback

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 10:52

There is very little else you can do about this. Ceanothus seems to be prone to this. Mine came into bud, half the bush died, the other half flowered and then died! I pruned but to no avail, unfortunately 

Along The Eastern Border...!!

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:33

What part of the country are you in? Do you have acidic soil - have a look around other gardens if you are not sure. Rhododendrons, camellias, pieris being grown is usually a sign of acidic soil.


Bug id please.

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:28

Sorry fidgetbones, I meant to put the info as a link....in too much of a hurry as usual 

Cistus pruning ?

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 15:43

You can do this now. If you leave it until much later in the year it will find it difficult to recover before winter starts. Do not prune it back too hard as you might lose it. I have never lost one but always take cuttings just in case!

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