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The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:53

A change is a good thing if you feel you no longer like what you've created, but I would never just chuck plants out. I have loads of fences here and they're horrible and are being covered. I don't know why anyone would want to look at them in preference to plants. What I find funny is when people see lots of planting they automatically think it means lots of maintenance. The opposite is often true. Lots of greenery - in the form of shrubs in particular - saves  lots of weeding, and is beneficial to everyone, especially wildlife  

I think we're always tweaking our gardens and if something doesn't perform well then it can be moved or given away. Design in gardens reflects social change - it's been that way for thousands of years - but no one should dictate to someone else regarding what they like to plant in their own plot. Advise perhaps, but nothing more..


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:42

I had one climbing up the kitchen window recently  but I couldn't get a pic of him - it's too high up for me to get close enough... 

I love them too 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:20

Do you mean shield bugs KEF?

Yet another mystery plant

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:08

I love bronze fennel - the flower heads are lovely. They make a good plant even in the middle of a herbaceous border because they're 'wispy' and contrast nicely with other, more solid, foliage. 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:47

I love ground beetles 

Dove's advice is spot on. They're our friends in the garden.

design required please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:46

I know you're wanting perennials Grant but a few well chosen evergreen shrubs will give the area some definition over winter too. A couple of obelisks  (or even tripods of canes)  in the middle somewhere, or along the fence, with sweet peas or clematis growing up them would give some height. Try and avoid having the plants all the same sizes. Acteas (cimcifuga)  will also give height and late colour in that aspect  

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:41

Bergenia Dove?

ID if poss please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:35

I'd agree with Pete but it's a bit hard to tell when it's so close up Alan. Can you get a longer view of it at all?


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:33

I've not got it ighten...barely into double digits here  

Start praying now wand is no match for the Saturday forecast. Where I am is apparently the only place getting rain on Sunday - a nice big blob of blue on the radar south of Glasgow...

Exciting MrsG - but scary too. We're here to give you a bit of banter to keep the spirits up. Verdun might even trot out some of his quality jokes. 

Overwintering plants

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 07:43

I think it's a judgement call Hogweed. With long cold, wet winters and heavy soil up here, I'd keep anything a bit on the small side under cover and plant out in the spring when it's stronger . If they're going into a well prepared, well draining sheltered spot you could plant out anything of a reasonable size. I always like to have my plants of a decent size before I plant them out. 

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