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alternative to roses

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:06

Hi claire, I think it's a common problem when lots of roses are grown in close proximity - they become more susceptible to pests and diseases. I'm not  a rose expert by any means - Salino knows a lot so maybe she can advise. I'd be inclined to keep the ones in your pots but group them with other shrubs and plants and give them a tidy up. It will be easier to keep them 'clean'.The borders where you have roses will need cleared properly of any detritus, and nourished - diseases are harboured in the soil so don't be in a rush to put any roses back in the same place.

Lots of people use lavender in conjunction with roses as it's evergreen so if your soil and site suits it, that may be worth trying. Choisya is a nice shrub - several varieties including the golden ones, but it depends on the aspect. Shrubs like Potentilla are common but they do a great job as they flower for ages. Colours from whites through soft creams to orange and red. Spring bulbs would be useful and you could have those round any of the roses you keep. It depends what room you have as there are loads of things which will suit. Can you post a pic to give a better idea of your garden? 


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 12:55

How lovely Bill. Nice to see you here again 

I love those lily flowering tulips, such a lovely shape.

Open Plan Gardens

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 12:49

Berberis lynn. The plummy varieties are deciduous but can get to a decent shape and size as a specimen type plant. Many of the green leaved ones are evergreen but are better as back of border shrubs or hedging.

I know the problem only too well 

You're lucky you got apologies. I just get abuse.

PS if there's damage it's a criminal offence. Get some hard evidence and call the police.

Can anyone identify this weed please - it's taking over!!!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 09:50

Hi Mjolnir. It's willow herb and produces thousands of seeds after flowering. Pull it out before it takes over your entire garden! 

New Member

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 09:03

Hello Nicky. Welcome to the madhouse 


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 09:01


Have a good day lily. 

Not had a curry for ages. Friend had already had her dinner when she came over so I didn't really have anything much last night. 

Don't think the slugs went to school Verd - that's the problem 

My Profile.

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 08:50

Totally agree nut.  I think we're all aware of the thoroughly unpleasant cowards who trawl the web .

Sadly, this is the bad side of the internet. Mike has witnessed the good side  - I'd hate him to be a victim of the nasty bit.

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 08:45

I wonder if it would deter more than just slugs Dove.....

Roots everywhere

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 08:44

I have the same problem here - roots from trees which were here before the houses as there's a lot of woodland nearby. The pavements have lots of raised areas too. It's a case of digging and cutting unfortunately


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 08:04

She did Dove, but I'm quite  small so needed to stand on a box to reach them....

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