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Posted: Today at 17:27


My 'Lime' ones were bad with it this year but after cutting them back, the new foliage is fine. 

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: Today at 12:56

Bergenias are spring flowering - the OP wanted late flowering plants, otherwise I would have suggested the white varieties of those. 

Filling a new raised bed.

Posted: Today at 11:55

Hi Hayley - the landscape fabric is porous so will allow water to drain through. There's divided opinion about placing a layer of gravel on the bottom of pots or raised beds - best to use some grit or fine gravel mixed through for drainage, especially if you have them on solid ground (like paving) which will not let excess water away so well.  It's not usually necessary  as raised beds tend to drain well - most people have the opposite problem of them drying out too quickly. 

Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: Today at 11:42

They both take cutting back no problem and are quite similar - hornbeam has a more pronounced 'groove' on the leaf. If you want to do bare root I can  recommend Hopes Grove Nursery which you'll find online. I've used them a few times - got my hedge from them last year for this new garden. The only drawback of bare root is that you need to have your ground ready for when it arrives and then you'll be planting in often unhospitable conditions to get it in! It saves a huge amount of money though, and is great if you have awkward bits to get plants in as you don't need such a big planting hole as you would with a pot grown plant. Choose slightly smaller plants too - around 60/90cm - which will establish better than big plants. 

Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: Today at 08:29

Hornbeam will also stand up to wind and weather well and also takes wet ground conditions far better than beech. It's very similar in appearance and habit. You can keep it to a couple of feet depth quite easily.  Laurel won't look well if it's clipped tight - it needs space - you'd be left with lots of branches and very little foliage. I think you're worrying a bit unnecessarily about yew and it would be the best option for your space, but  the conical conifers are also ideal as their habit means very little maintenance in clipping. They'll take a few years to get to a decent height though.

Remember at this time of year you can get bare root hedging for delivery through autumn and winter - economical for a big area and establishes well. 


Posted: Today at 08:10

Woody - perhaps they'll all go out and lose themselves 

dog proofing a leylandii hedge

Posted: Today at 08:07

I have a friend who's just acquired two small dogs and I suggested the same thing to her for along the foot of her fence where she has some gaps. Making sure the bottom is well secured is important, as Dove says.


Posted: Today at 08:05

Morning all - we have had rain 

That sounded a bit like that horrible 'we are a grandmother' statement didn't it? 

Well done young chicklet, but I know what you mean about worrying chicky  Youngest fairy asked yesterday how much driving lessons were. I told her she'll need about £20 an hour, test costs of a couple of hundred pounds ...then several grand for a car, insurance and road tax....

Verd - worrying as you say. When you watch comedians taking the mick, you forget that in reality, they're not far away from fact 

Have a good day workers  - I'm off for a look round while I get a leisurely breakfast ... 

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: Today at 07:51

Hi Oldtimer. As the others have said - if you can get some pix on here it will help with some suggestions. Start a new thread with a suitable title like 'looking for ideas for front garden' or something similar, add a bit of extra info with the type of soil,  colours you prefer, aspect and so on, and then you'll get loads of ideas 


Mystery Plant

Posted: Yesterday at 21:20


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