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cortaderia selloana splendid star

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 23:25

Hi, I copied the info below from the Gardener's World web site.Although I haven't grown this variety before it sounds manageable.They say it often does not reach the height  of 120 cm and it is this height with the flowers. I would place it at the back of the border as even if it does not get to its full height you will be able to grow a lot of other smaller plants in front of it. It also does not come into its own until late summer so for a lot of the year its leaves can be a backdrop for other plants.Hope this helps.


From Gardener's World web site: Traditional pampas grass is a familiar sight in the grounds of many stately homes, but it's often too big and bulky for many smaller gardens. Fortunately, this recently introduced dwarf variety has revived interest in this plant and it's being used more frequently by gardeners look for something a bit different. The plant retains its leaves throughout the year and has delicate, golden-green leaves that give a garden a modern, prairie-style look. It produces tall, feather-like white flowers in late summer that will double the height of the plant, although it rarely reaches higher than 1.2m (4ft). It does best in a sunny or partially shaded spot, and prefers light, sandy or well-drained soil.

Family: Gramineae

Genus: Cortaderia

Species: selloana

Cultivar: Splendid Star

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

Position and pruning of Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 23:09

Hi, my tree is is about 12 yrs old too.In pruning, I have only removed lower branches in late winter and they have healed well. My tree does not regularly flower and produce fruit. Two years ago it produced 1 bunch of flowers and no fruit. Last year it produced both and was covered in both flowers and fruit all over - the first time this has happened.This year it produced neither! I can see no rhyme or reason  for the production or otherwise of flowers/fruit and usually look at other white beams locally to see how they are performing.


Posted: 15/09/2012 at 23:01

Winter jasmine will need tied in as it doesn't climb like summer flowering varieties. I have it and love it but it can become very bushy and needs cut back after it finishes flowering to keep it in shape and space.If you grow something else through it, you need to be aware that pruning lay well be difficult and you may prune the wrong bits!

There is an evergreen variety - Trachyospermum jasminoides AGM-star jasmine. It flowers in the summer, climbs and retains its shiny leaves. It needs a sheltered, sunny spot.

Identification help

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 22:51

I don't know but hopefully this link will help as there are a lot of green caterpillars.

Sedum Collapse

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 18:59

The seed heads and stems can remain throughout the winter for two reasons - the seed heads look pretty and they help to protect the plant from the weather. The seed heads and stems will both dry out and the stems will become dry and hollow. As the plant has already collapsed you might like to remove some now after the flowers have died and the rest in late winter/spring - if they look a mess , just remove them all. New growth - stems and leaves will start in spring and this new growth will give you  flowers next year.


Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:13

Could be a ruby tiger moth caterpillar. Google and take a look, see what you think

pruning a young laurel hedge

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:09

I agree as it might encourage it to put on new growth now. That new growth could then be hit by frost knocking the young plants back and looking unsightly too.


Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:06

Flowering rose,I would suggest that the reason you could grow nothing under fir trees was due to lack of water and shade rather than acidity. Fir trees are very shallow rooted and take all surface moisture from the soil.

Vivienne Horner, I would take the advice given by obelixx above and add that you should only mulch when the soil is moist - keeping the moisture in rather than keeping it out, esp in the dry period we're having at the moment (in my part of the world, anyway)

Sedum Collapse

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 21:33

Good advice already given but I would divide the plant in spring as well. Take a spade to it and chop it in four - disgarding the inner section of each quarter - then replant. You could cut it into smaller pieces if you'd like, you'd just have smaller plants. Dividing it will rejuvenate the plant and  it should flower in the same year as normal.

The Name of a plant that's leaves look like army camouflage Uniform!

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 21:27

Hi Denboy 15 -  Houttuynia Chameleon is definitely not an annual so it will not be that.

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