Latest posts by Fairygirl

From bunk bed to raised bed

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:34

Take your time - you won't be able to move it about too easily, so perhaps place it in different sites in the garden to see what's best. Once you have the best spot for it, you can have a think about whether you want a permanent display in it, or you want to treat it as a a giant pot so that you can ring the changes throughout the year. 

Plants for shaded area

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:29

There's plenty of shrubs which will fit the bill for a bigger space xyz. Some structural planting that you can add to will be ideal. Osmanthus burkwoodii, Euonymous, Eleagnus adn Sarcococca will all grow there. Pittosporum will also be a nice addition, but some are less hardy than others so just check what suits your area and conditions. 

You can add others deciduous shrubs like Potentilla and Spirea which get their foliage early. If there's room for something bigger you could put a central specimen like Amelanchier lamarkii to give a bit of height.  Then some lower growing evergreens like the aforementioned, and bulbs and perennials to give you colour throughout the year. 

From bunk bed to raised bed

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:16



chuck and grow seeds

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:15

We can't all like the same things B3 - I hate hanging baskets!  

If you plant the hesperis you can smile to yourself each time you see it!

Beechgrove has started

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:13

obelixx- it's ok...I respect him too..... 

Is that what he was doing Joyce - that escaped me slightly....

I'm teasing of course. I do think he has a really good manner and is very knowledgeable. Always enjoy anything he presents.

We've had Jim and Carole all these years - definitely need an attractive presenter now and again...

skimmia jap. rubella

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:07

Seven shades of ***** here today too Lorna! Scottish climate suits skimmias and they grow well up here. I expect you're likely to have quite similar soil conditions - if you see rhodies, camellias and  pieris growing in gardens around you, skimmias will be fine  

skimmia jap. rubella

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 13:59

If you have the kind of weather I think you'll have Lorna ( ie - a lot of wet stuff! ) a skimmia will cope with a reasonable amount of sun because the soil won't get too dry, but they're happiest with some shade.

Also - as long as your soil isn't alkaline it will be fine. A combination of too much sun and alkaline soil is what they don't like. 

Beechgrove has started

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 13:55

steephill - I think obelixx has come over all of a flutter at Mr B 

Can't say I blame her. I've no idea what he was doing - I was just....looking....

chuck and grow seeds

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 13:53

Topbird's suggestions are ideal for a shady spot B3.  Anything needing sun will just lean towards the light so bear that in mind.

You could use sweet peas there too. We tend to think of them as needing lots of sun, but  I've used them in semi shaded spots successfully They would wind their way through other plants and give you lots of scent too. You just need to poke them into the ground. Just about the right time now for sowing outdoors  

Low lying evergreen cover

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 13:48

If you want something straightforward, you could use Euonymous. It'll give you an evergreen low hedge which you can prune or leave depending on the look you like. 

If you want a more varied look, a few more details will help, as Dove says.

For instance, are there any colours or styles you like ?  Do you have lots of time to spend in the garden or do you need a simple solution? 

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