Fairygirl


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Help with suitable plants for north-facing garden - total novice!!

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 20:16

Looks good Emily 


I don't think you'll have a huge amount of planting area, so a few choice,big specimens is probably the way to go. A simple repeat of something is also a good design trick.


If you have the money to buy big mature plants, that will give you instant impact, but if not, smaller plants will take a while to establish, even if given a perfect start, so you can always add a few annuals to fill in the gaps while your statement plants mature. 


Cannas are another plant that will give you an exotic, contemporary look - they have bright flowers on tall  stems, but are great foliage plants. They require a little care over winter, so you may want to leave that type of plant till you get a feel for your space and have your more straightforward plants in place. They're also good in pots, and that's another way of getting a modern look easily. My earlier suggestion of a repeat plant works well with pots and you can move them around too of course  

Clematis Montana

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 20:07

It should suddenly sprout from all those dead bits GD. You'll get little green buds miraculously appearing at the stem joints, although I'd have thought you might have some by now. Perhaps it's not too lively after all 


Has it got a bit dry in that pot? It won't like that. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 20:02

No - never too early for me either Joyce - fatal if I lie down....


I could poke you hard with my wand Dove....no tittering Hosta...

Low maintenance into a lawn

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 19:25

That's fair enough Matt. I'd hate for you to put all the effort in, only to find you're constantly battling the surroundings!  


The other requirememnt for grass is decent drainage, and that's what you'll need to tackle when you lift the gravel and paving. The ground will be compacted for sure, but I'd avoid rotovating because if there are lots of perennail weeds under there, especially  horsetail or ground elder etc, you can give yourself a bigger problem than you start with, as each little piece that gets chopped, will regenerate. Better to dig and loosen the soil up, removing any weed material as you go. You can then add a mix of topsoil,compost and manure  depending on the conditions you have, as that will give you a good medium to turf or sow seed. If the ground's heavy clay, the addition of grit will assist drainage. 


It's one of those situations where you can't be sure what route to follow until you start clearing the site. There could be concrete and all sorts under there .


I think I'd start with the gravel area, and see what it's like. By the time you get down to lifting the patio, you may be sick of the sight of it all, and that way, you can either leave the patio part for another time, or just keep it the way it is ! 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 18:34
Hostafan1 says:

naughty? moi?


See original post

 Never.....surely?  


I think we've reached a stage where we're surrounded by fake news and can no longer believe anything we read or hear. Bad enough in certain papers etc, but worse now.


Maybe Trump's right after all...


errr, on second thoughts.....

Trying again for suggestions for pots on my roof

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 18:13

Anything of size will have a biggish root system though. There isn't going to be much soil medium for it to go down into, which means the roots will be in air, or they 'll go round in circles and become pot bound  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 18:11

Good buy Hosta. I love fish pie but never make it now as I'm the only one in the house who'd eat it  


Am I the only one who noticed your comment re the helmet earlier? Ooh err missus!  Lowering the tone as usual  


I must be just as bad....

Low maintenance into a lawn

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 17:56

How much sun and light does it get Matt? Grass needs that or it struggles to look good. Lots of trees, fences and buildings there, so I'm guessing it's quite shady.  It might be the reason the garden has been done in paving and gravel to start with!


It's a really nice little plot you have, but grass may not be the way to go, much as you might want it ....

Trying again for suggestions for pots on my roof

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 17:51

I can't think of anything either - even bamboos and grasses need watering. If half the pot is filled with polystyrene, it leaves very little room for nutrition, so shrubs would struggle long term - in act, anything long term would struggle.  I can only think of making a frame of trellis or similar,  and planting ivy 


I'm concerned about the fact the pots are bolted down. Is there a gap for water to drain away? 

Hebe's (Addende)

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 17:44

As punkdoc says, some are hardier than others, and variegated ones tend to bea bit more precious than the grey/blue foliaged ones. The bigger leaved types can also be a bit less hardy, so it depends where you are and what your conditions are like, as well as the variety.


Keeping them in drier conditions in winter can help. They're more likely to die if they get waterlogged and cold as opposed to dry and cold. Sharp drainage is important, whether in the ground or in pots. I'm in Scotland and have lost some in severe winters. 

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