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Summer shrubs that have nice follage in winter

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 13:10

I loathe Lavender  

I'm assuming it's a narrow border you have Rebecca? If you have the right climate and you like it then fair enough (I dare say I'm in the minority with my dislike of it)  but I'd second Hebes. Virtually no maintenance and flowers in the summer. Lots of varieties to choose from. I'd pick a compact mound forming one like Vernicosa.

If there's grass bordering the sides of the 'strip'  then I would stay away from anything that will get too big and need constant pruning etc to keep in line  

Peony drama

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 07:45

and if nothing comes back you can always bury the body there....

Hopefully the peony will come back - put a mesh cage or similar round it to prevent any further damage! The lupins will be fine as chicky says. 


Posted: 26/06/2015 at 07:35

The scaremongers were on the radio again yesterday with this story. There's more chance you'll die in a plane crash or be hit by a bus. I've seen children who are terrified of butterflies because of their parents neurotic reactions to everything natural. How sad is that? 

Giant Hogweed

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 07:29

I agree Hosta. We constantly hear about Euphorbia sap yet doesn't affect me in any way at all. Being aware and prepared is the key. 


Posted: 26/06/2015 at 07:26

Morning all. Keeping my fingers crossed for you WW but I'll have to uncross them when I get in the car...

Edd - I reckon nature is sometimes far more wonderful  than even us nature lovers here realise 

Glad to hear your cousin was doing well Verd

Work for me too in a few mins so I'll catch up later. Have a good day everyone.

Friend needs help with plant ID from new garden

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:49

I'd agree with you Lyn re No 4. 

I have same problem too nut - flowers on No 2  look a bit like Wiegela but too blurry when enlarged 


Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:43

Having a quick look inmy lunch hour too chicky - great poem  

Goosegogs here too - although my parents would never have eaten or grown them - far too 'continental' ...

Hope all going well LP 

Where do you buy your early-flowering bulbs from?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:37

I've used The Bulb Company also known as GeeTee bulbs. Good value and good service. I was delighted with them and will be ordering alliums later this year  

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:36

If you're not happy - don't buy it. Simple. But -  without advertising there won't be a magazine.

 I'm not really sure why you would think the BBC funds the magazine though. I don't expect the Beeb to fund any other magazine I might buy relating to a TV show.

No ads here either Dove 

When is the best time to plant hollies?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 07:42

If it's only two, I'm with Verdun - buy them now and they'll establish quickly if you prepare the site,water in well and keep an eye on them for a month or two. Great shrubs.

Different if it's a hedge you're planting when cost would be the big factor. 

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