dean alex

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Posted: 07/11/2013 at 19:18

They can be really temperental all right, I have 6 youngish plants, I buy them in flower, make sure there planted in well drained soil in full sun and year in year out alot of them never flower, I water but never overwater. My oldest hibiscus is probably 6 or 7 and has never flowered, but has grown in size and looks very healthy. I have no idea which variety it is though as lost the label!  My double hibiscus flowers every year and although alot of the flowers go yellow and never open properly, I still love them and would never risk moving or removing them.

plant help

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 19:16

All great suggestions Verdun. I have found alot of rock roses in my garden get damaged by the frost and can have die back, they are lovely though. With regard to Cerastiums, our Cerastium matt has never sown any seed at all, It grows outwards sure and I use my shears to trim it back to the edge of the path, I never trim the top of the plant and it never produces any seed pods where the flowers were. I wouldn't go as far as to use the word thug when describing it, It looks beautiful cascading over a wall smothered in white flowers in early summer. If it does self seed, free plants to give away or plant elsewhere!

plant help

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 08:55

Darren, What do you mean growing ontop of a wall? Is there a raised wall with soil in the cavity? I cant think of a shrub that will cascade over the sides But if that area gets plenty of sun Aubretia would cascade over the sides of the wall, we have had great success with cerastium (snow in summer) It covered our entire rockery and I have to hack it back each summer after flowering.

Loving Lavatera

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 23:33

Haha you arnt the only one!! I really would try them if you feel the desire sometime though. When you plant them in there final positions, put a bamboo cane next to them so you dont forget! Ive had awful luck with Double hollyhocks and mixed luck with single hollyhocks, but the Antwerps were rust free this year which was my first year of growing them!

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 23:30

Hardy chrysanthemums, Hardy fuschia's, Our 40 year old green choisya is just starting to flower with white blooms all over it. No flowers but amazing autumn colour on 2 of my young stag horn sumachs. Not alot is in flower when I think about it!


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 23:24

Oh dear Lizzie! They seem very hard to get hold of! I cant really afford to pay £17.50 for a whip. I will be patient as every plant is losing its leaves day by day and I will never find an ailanthus in winter! Perhaps spring

plant help

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 23:19

Hey Darren, Roses need full sun to reach there full potential but lots of shrubs will tolerate partial shade. It will possibly be poor dry soil? If a mature cherry tree and another tree are growing there. I would steer clear of lavenders and roses if you are sure its partial shade, they wont thrive. I grow lots of Heuchera's so would definitely advocate them. Some ferns and foxgloves like dryish partial shade.

Definitetly dig in plenty of compost if it is really dry soil. Not alot of plants like full shade so consider raising the canopy on one or both of the trees or just remove any branchs that would allow more light to the area you want to plant up and that dont spoil the overall shape of the tree. Watch where the sun goes throughout the day and see if you can get more sunlight where you want it 

Loving Lavatera

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 23:09

Highland Jeannie, try growing hollyhock antwerp mix, there alcea ficifolia which basically means fig leaved, the leaves are more of an interesting shape and the entire plant has great resistance to hollyhock rust.  Sidalcea's are awesome too

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 19:23

You have done an amazing job there Amanda, If that was my front garden, I would grow Portuguese laurel against the house and with secateurs keep its height just below the windowsil, If that borders wide enough (its hard to tell from photo) Or pyrathcantha is a good option I agree Mrs G. I would grow a small decidious tree in the centre of that gravel square, something that would be ok with the partial shade aspect, I wonder if a paulownia would grow there happily, there is endless options! I would grow grasses of one variety around the tree in the gravel patch, in a prairie style with little coloured jewels of spring Tulips and summer Geums or Crocosmia's poking threw the grasses. Exciting oppurtunities!  


Victoria plum tree growing!

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 18:59

I will thin the fruit when and if it does get lots of small fruit, I had to persuade my dad to thin his pear tree fruit as the branchs were bowing and 1 had snapped. In the end they all fell to the ground rock hard and small as they always do, so we removed the tree this year

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