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North-east facing climbers

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:15

Hydrangea petiolaris is ideal for that aspect (evergreen) I always feel it's better suited to a wall, but many people grow it on a fence. White clusters of flowers. Some of the Honeysuckles will grow in shady aspects too. Don't overlook some shrubs which will grow happily against a fence too, if you have enough room. Chaenomoles  (Quince)  will be happy in that aspect and will grow against a fence quite neatly. They're deciduous, spring flowering - orangey/reds and a white one as well. Many of the Euonymous will do the same - placed against walls and fences they'll grow up rather than out, and are evergreen.

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:00

We used to have one with a deformed beak in a previous garden. He was a juvenile and we watched his beak gradually change colour to it's grown up orange. We called him 'squinty' and my eldest daughter (who was quite small at the time) loved him and always asked where he was if she didn't see him. Happy days.

What a lovely pic LH 

shrub ID please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:30

I'd re pot into something bigger in spring, prune back a bit and give it a feed. The more top growth you have, the bigger the rootball  needs to be to support it, so it's probably a bit pot bound in the one it's in. Tease the roots out a bit when you re pot - if they look like they're just going round and round in circles that's the sign they're potbound. Anything that's permanently in a pot needs a bit more looking after in terms of water and nutrition, especially a large shrub. 

Each spring take some of the compost out and replace with new to keep it happy, and just check that drainage holes aren't blocked so that it doesn't get waterlogged either. 

shrub ID please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:16

Looks like a rather unhappy Eleagnus LH   Would be happier in the ground probably.

The bottom ones are Pieris. 

Wet Ground-When to Sow

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:13

I'm shocked at the turn this thread has taken....I'm a laydeee ...

Someone else had a similar thread and I'd suggested the same as Fleurisa. Difficult if it's a large area though.

A Butt of Farmers...


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:08

I'm going the opposite way doc - would much rather be heading to Loch Lomond and beyond! 

Was it Great Western Road/Byres Road or near there Dove? The Botanic Gardens are just off that. That's very much the 'posh' West End of Glasgow, but near Glasgow Uni etc. so full of students too! My daughter's at Strathclyde at the 'not quite so posh'  East/Royal Infirmary end...  

2nd wash nearly ready 

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:00

I've got a stream in my garden just now - it's not meant to be there though...

If I clear it all, can I get cake Dove? 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:54

Definitely a Comma. Torties are more 'solid' - they have more defined triangular  wings.


 They're all lovely whichever type they are. We don't get Commas here but Torties, Peacocks and Red Admirals are quite plentiful. 

and yes - the pic is the right way up - he was on my neighbour's garage enjoying the summer sun!

What to put in cleared terrace border?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:27

Hi Catherine, although you're north facing you could try Phormiums if you like them. They prefer a sunny position but I've grown them in shadier spots and as long as the drainage is good, they do well. Some of the yellowy/creamy/green varieties will brighten the area too, on dark days I've also used Hebes in the same way - you'll get the structure but fewer flowers.  Shrubs like Sarcococca(Christmas box) should be fine too, and you can keep them trimmed to a nice shape if you want a structural look like box but without the expense. Pittosporum is evergreen - lots of colours and shapes with those. not 100% hardy everywhere so just check that. I've got Pernettyas (called Gaultherias now) here which are happy with shade and are evergreen - berries on those too. Hardy geraniums will grow almost anywhere so they would provide you with colour - loads to choose from - and they'll fit your cottagey theme. If you site them at the edges of the wall, they'll often tumble down too. Pachysandras and Tiarellas are low growing and evergreen. Dicentras  ( Bleeding Heart) Heucheras, and Polemoniums (Jacob's Ladder) are very useful perennials for shady aspects and Hostas if you can cope with Mr Slug and his friends!  Lots of bulbs will be happy there too.

Hope that gives you a couple of ideas - there will be loads more ideas from others here 

Overseeding the lawn

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:14

You sound like you've done all the right things jack. As you say, the conditions are going to make it difficult for a lawn to be at it's best. If you're keen to keep it you'll just have to accept that it's going to need a bit of maintenance. If you think the space can stand it - you've said it's a small space - perhaps you could take the shadiest section away and plant that up instead. It would be a shame to pave it over again as a green space is always preferable, but sometimes grass is more trouble than it's worth in small areas. Greenery is always a better solution, and plants won't necesssarily be more work than grass which people often assume. If you get tired of grass you'll get plenty of ideas here for an alternative. 

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