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Mystery Plant

Posted: Yesterday at 21:20


New Garden

Posted: Yesterday at 18:09

Hi Trixie. If you have a spot with free draining soil  you could use Hebes. Lots of varieties of varying sizes and most are evergreen. Flowers are white through to purples. Don't rule out Potentillas because, although not evergreen, they have foliage for a huge part of the year and flower forever. I have white ones and they'll fit with any colour scheme but the soft yellows are also nice and will work with your Cotinus and other shrubs like Pieris and Forsythia. Mahonia (Charity or Winter Sun) are useful big evergreens with yellow candles of flowers late in the year followed by blue/black berries. It would do well on your boundary. There's smaller varieties too. Viburnum's another useful large shrub - lots of varieties available. I also have Osmanthus burkwoodii which has scented white flowers in early spring. Evergreen. Sarcococca ( Christmas box) is evergreen and has scented white flowers in winter. 

I have low growing Gaultherias (used to be Pernettya) which have white flowers like the Pieris and red berries for this time of year. They like a little bit of shade but are happy enough with some sun if the soil's not too dry. Pachysandra terminalis is another low growing evergreen - also like a bit of shade. Nice little white flowers.

Hope that gives you a couple of ideas. 


Posted: Yesterday at 17:54

Dove - I just saw your doctor link. I've always said JT should be on the NHS....

although... it's not his song of course.....


Posted: Yesterday at 17:47

Lesley - it's a 'good' crying though - I just adore his 'smiling face'  

I gave the voucher to another member last year. Glad you're having a good time and nice weather with parents. 

The promised rain still hasn't appeared here so got shed roof painted with the waterproofing stuff and some other things too. Now having a cuppa and a catch up here before getting dinner.

What is horticultural grit?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:41

Think the OP might have got their grit by now - this is a very old thread... 

I get grit at diy stores - it seems to do a good job. 

Recommendations for a 9ft high living, thin, hedge near a house

Posted: Yesterday at 17:38

Half of the opening post wasn't there when I posted so there was nothing about paths and willow!  The alternative would be do the fence and plant ivy  to grow on it. Not jaggy like Pyracantha but you will have to keep it pruned and the fence would need to be more substantial or it'll keel over under the eventual weight.

Oh - and get rid of those binoculars Wolfsbane.....

Recommendations for a 9ft high living, thin, hedge near a house

Posted: Yesterday at 13:42

Hi Wolfsbane, I think I'd replace the fence anyway - even if it's something quite simple like posts with  mesh on a horizontal plank top and bottom. You could then plant something like Pyracantha which is evergreen, grows fairly quickly and can be kept quite tight. The only downside is that it's prickly, so it depends how much room there is on your side and whether you need to use the space a lot. Most other evergreens are quite substantial and need a bit of room to look good, and deciduous ones won't be so effective as a permanent barrier.

Solar powered pond pumps

Posted: Yesterday at 13:34

Fishy - Pete's right - it just takes time. 

Iris bulb/corm

Posted: Yesterday at 13:23

They're pretty too Fishy, but don't flower for long so best in amongst other perennials or annuals which will take over when they finish. 

Iris bulb/corm

Posted: Yesterday at 12:58

Then it's likely to be the Dutch type as Dove describes. 

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