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Garden design/setup ideas

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 22:13

Personally i would go for a exotic looking retreat. plant some nice climbers, clematis, passion flower and star jasmin.

A seating area in the center, then around the sides i would plant a hardy palm or 2, Trachycarpus Fortunei would be ideal. Then a few big leaf plants like banana's (musa Basjoo), Fatsia, Tetrapanax, and a few bamboo (go for a clumping type). Tree ferns would look amazing too.

Im in the midland and grow all of these so you will have no problems in london, and its something a little different and pretty low maintainance.



hardy palms

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 20:40

No worries Louise, any more questions feel free to ask.

I may be slow in replying, but i will eventually lol.


hardy palms

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 00:39

How about a chamaerops, but you would be better off planting in a big pot which they will be fine with.

The cerifera (blue form of chamaerops) is hardier than the standard green but slower growing, again it is ideal for a pot.

The Hardiest palm would be a Trachycarpus Fortunei, but it will grow much quicker than the previous mentioned and once settled in its spot will rocket.

Neater looking is a Wagnerius, a cultivar of the fortunei but has much stiffer leaves so perfect for a windy spot. They are more expensive especially big specimens.

I shouldnt think any palm would be happy in shallow soil, however a raised bed would be ideal if possible.

Google Hardy Palms or Palm House, both are uk suppliers of palms and i can vouch for the quality. The palm house is possibly your best bet as George the owner grows them himself so they tend to be better suited to our cold weather,

Palms from the likes of B&Q tend to be cheap right now, but you do get what you pay for.


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