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what's looking good ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:43

I forgot Sedums E's M.They're great for this  time of year - lots of varieties, mostly pinks, but there are a couple of nice whites and a variegated one as well. Also some with darker, plummy stems. 

Is this an underground weed?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:39

I agree - alstroemeria 

A right b****r once it gets going 

I have experience of trying to eradicate it 

Bag lady

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:35

It's ok - I won't come with you again Lesley.....   

New planting

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:31

Hi jo - what is it  that worries you - is it the size of the plants ?

If small - they should establish well enough just now. Bigger, more mature shrubs would benefit from a prune before moving to avoid stress, or moving when dormant, but it largely depends on what they are and  your own conditions and climate.  If you can give a little more info that will help with further advice  


Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:18

As buttercup says - you need to let them die down so it might mean your grass will have to wait a little for the first cut of the new year. Round a tree is the best way but if you don't have one, you could try having a strip along one edge which you can leave for a little longer if necessary. It won't look so messy that way.

I mainly have mine in borders in pots. A big pot crammed with them can look superb. It's surprising how quickly you can use 100 bulbs that way!  

Help with planning my garden

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:14

Hi Sophie. Are both beds in shadier sites or are some parts sunnier? That will help with suggestions.

The Acer and the Fatsia will prefer the shadier areas and I'm assuming you've planted those, but perhaps that's wrong? Most ferns are shade lovers too so that group will work well together. Fatsias grow quite quickly in the right conditions, but the Acer will take a while, so just make sure you give it the room it deserves. It also depends on which variety it is. 

For a sunnier site, I'd recommend Phormiums to give you a spikier foliage plant.There are lots of varieties so you can mix colours. Many are variegated.  If you're able to provide protection in winter - ie a greenhouse or conservatory - you could try Cannas for the sunnier site as well. there are good perennials like Crocosmia which will give you big foliage and bright flowers. The variety 'Lucifer' makes a big plant with striking stems of red flowers.

Google these and see what you think. There are lots of other choices too. If you can put a few pix on it will help with further ideas. Click on the tree icon in the toolbar and follow instructions   

what's looking good ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:02

My Dianthus are nice just now. Clematis, depending on variety, Jap anemones not flowering yet but soon. I have a lot of foliage plants like Phormiums, Fatsia and grasses, with Buddleias, Hydrangeas and Potentillas to offset those. Heucheras, as marion says, are great ground cover - plenty of variety of colour.  

If you like bold colour - my Ligularia 'Britt Marie Craford' is in flower for a long time, and continues well into late August/September. It has dark plum foliage and tall stems carrying lots of burnt orange daisies. Bees love them. 

Need a couple of trees to screen a shed

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 17:54

Matteo - obelixx can you give you the best advice here, as she's in the same country! Her 'local' knowledge will be very helpful for you.  

Most of us are based in Britain and even here, there are huge regional variations. I'm in central/west Scotland on a hill (about 500 feet above sea level)  and my garden is fairly exposed. I've gardened on more exposed sites than that too, so I'm well acquainted with wind and the damage it can do.

It really comes down to the look you want as well. Shrubs will give you a good shelter belt as well as disguising that shed, and careful choices will mean you don't lose your lovely views. Once you have some shelter, you can plant a wider range of perennials, shrubs and so on, according to your own taste. 

Good luck with it  

Need a couple of trees to screen a shed

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 07:43

The wind here can lift concrete out the ground - it laughs in the face of trellis. It would bend and break easily in the wrong site.

If the site's quite exposed and it's not feasible to put in a sacrificial, filtering barrier of some kind (ie shrub/tree shelter belt) then good sturdy shrubs are the best solution. obelixx has made good suggestions. I'd add Viburnums into the list as well, and I'm sure there are plenty more.

You could also add some sturdy evergreens on the opposite side of your garden to filter that wind a little. Depending on the space you have, a little corner of laurel with some of the aforementioned shrubs in front will help diffuse it. The laurel grows quickly and will get big but you can prune it to the size you want.  You'll then get a background which will filter the wind and help protect anything in front of it.


Posted: 27/08/2015 at 07:29

Morning people. 

On a laptop - pressing ctrl and the +  or _ key for increasing or decreasing Hosta.

Pat - 

Lots of rain overnight here - pond is topped up and grass is growing like mad. If the forecast's right I may need to bring a little pony home to keep it in check.....

Off for a quick look round before I head off. Was slightly awol last night as I was making a cake for a friend at work who's sold her house. Lemon drizzle anyone? 

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