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Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:41

I'd say that's more like one of the pinguifolia types. There's quite a few varieties though. Looks a bit too green to be pagei.

Your hands look much cleaner than mine art 

I did the same with a Red Edge one Salino..not sure it survived though....

Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:31

Here's a better one. I even went out in the rain to take it....



Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:25

No probs KEF 

Not a great pic but you should be able to enlarge. I can take a better one if necessary



Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:18

I had a buxifolia type one in a pot at the front door of a previous house art. It got virtually no sun and only ever had a few flowers because of that - in fact it's a wonder it survived at all! I kept it more as a box 'replacement'  and trimmed it now and again to keep it tidy. Could it be that type?  I have three vernicosa ones at the moment which I've just put into big terracotta pots for that same purpose - they're similar to box too.  I can put a pic on if you want to compare. Perhaps you could prune it a few times over the course of the year and gradually get it back. 


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:53

Update on the 'acid green' thing Dove- I know it can be  a nuisance, but Alchemilla would look great with Ophio. or perhaps a well chosen Euphorbia depending on the look required?  Some of the unusual tulip varieties in a pot with it round the base could be quite a striking for this time of year.

A row of five big pots on Verd's estate would be even better  

Help ID my plant please???

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:45

I'd agree with nut- Elder. The leaf at the bottom left of pic gives the best clue 

White limestone discolour?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:37

It's probably due to the aspect. Shade and damp causes more moss and algae etc to form on paving or hard surfaces so, although gravel is a better option as it's less slippy, paving can be blasted with a power washer to get the stuff off. If the neighbour laid theirs on soggy ground that would have made it worse anyway. Could you compromise and use a different colour of gravel if you prefer that to paving? Or mix a bit of both perhaps. 


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:17

I think it can look right round the edge of a big pot with something like white lilies. Either that or a very strong colour - red -your pelargoniums - hot pink or a limey, acidic green. Dove's idea is great too - a geometric design using it in blocks for a subtle look like a chess board.

Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:08

 I've pruned a few different ones which outgrew spaces but I found little and often was usually better than a severe haircut - some of them didn't like hard pruning, but that also may be down to weather here. They took a while to recover -  and sometimes didn't.... 


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 07:55

Morning Clari 

The birds are enjoying the mealworms I've been putting out, but I do the same as you - under a basket so the magpies don't hoover up the whole lot. The little birds are all quite used to using it. 

Would like more tea KEF but won't have time to drink it before I go....well maybe if I hurry...not sure I can hurry to do anything today though  

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