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Posted: 31/08/2012 at 20:03

Leave well alone and let the plants establish themselves. Don't prune at all except to remove any dead or damaged stems and hopefully you will have fruit next year.

evergreen perenial border

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 18:52

I would put in Nandina domestica 'Firepower' AGM - hasn't got blue flowers but has creamy flowers, foliage changes colour, upright growth, red berries in winter and is evergreen.

evergreen perenial border

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 18:16

All those I named are evergreen apart from Caryopteris

patio with circular bed

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 17:47

How about Heucheras - they come in a huge variety of colours so you can choose how much of range you go for - they flower in spring.Wouldn't need clipping either!

evergreen perenial border

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 17:43

Hi Bill, difficult to tell what the plants at the back of the photo from but I can do most of the front ones. From the left front - 3 Hebe balls (to their right)Heuchera with Lavender behind and black Phormium behind it;front and right again 3 varigated Hebe balls; yellow foliage behind looks like Euonymous; front and right again golden Heuchera with Caryopteris(blue flowers)behind;right and front again, blue grass with a varigated grass behind - hope this helps.

Plant Identity & Treatrment

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 17:40

I agree. I have poplar saplings coming up in my garden. The tree is in next door but one's garden - a massive tree. I just mow them but sometimes have to remove the root as it becomes woody close to the surface of the lawn.

Could you post a larger image of the leaves of the problem plant, we might be able to positive id. it and help to find the source?

Cornus Kousa

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 16:03

Thanks for that - not self fertile, I hadn't thought of that. There is another one in the next garden to me - a different variety - close enough? The other thing I didn't mention is that in previous years I could see fruit forming but it seemed to drop before ripe - leading me to think a lack of water...this year I haven't even seen that. I have a wildlife friendly garden with lots of plants in flower at the same time so I don't think that is the problem.

Cornus Kousa

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 14:45

I have an established Cornus kousa and it always flowers very well. I then wait to enjoy admiring the strawberry shaped fruits which should follow. I get very few most years and then think maybe next year....maybe with more maturity, more water etc. This year with all the rain we have had, it flowered well again and I thought every cloud has a silver lining - strawberry fruit shaped hopefully, but no - so far no fruit at all! Has anyone any experience of this tree and any ideas on its preferences?

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 22:32

I used to love Real Gardens when Monty used to visit gardeners in their own gardens - they planned tog. and the gardeners did the work and we revisited to see how they had got on - real gardening with all its highs and lows. I think it was on C4 - a looong time ago.Much missed by me.


Help, Identification needed

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 22:25

It self seeds where ever it likes. There is a pink one too. It is usually an annual - save the seed and you can sprinkle where you would like it to be next year.

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