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Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 21:28

Hi wakeshine - the Blakadder Phormium has clematis Niobe growing through it and up the screen. The other grass - the golden one with the little white flowers is actually a Libertia. There are some Chrysographes Iris in there too - on the left of the phormium, behind the clematis, as this area is next to my little pond.

That pic was taken in about May/June. There are loads of Cupani sweet peas in the raised bed to the right of all of that just now .

If you like the look of phormiums, try getting one you like (there are loads of varieties) put it in a pot, and then pick a few plants to go with it, depending on the look you prefer. Same foliage colour but different shape for instance.

The dark ones work really well with bright colours - so you might fancy a few plants with bright red or pink flowers. Dianthus look good, or Geums, or even pots of annuals like pelargoniums or nasturtiums. If you like a softer look, pick pale blues or creams, or even simply foliage. Just build on that once you have the colours or style you like. Start small and then add to it  

And keep your Dahlias - one or two of those behind a Phormium would be terrific! 

Last edited: 09 September 2016 21:29:07

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 19:42

Never had any major problems at all  Bee. I always improve the soil first though, plenty of grit, and make sure they're  positioned well to give them the best chance. I also grow in pots, but I don't protect them in winter. If they've got good drainage, they cope with sub zero temps quite well. 

This is one of my favourites - Cream Delight. It's in a raised bed - west facing. 

Blackadder - east facing bed by the pond 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 19:19

Chuffing awful Joyce isn't it? 

Golf course on the other side of the road (which is a few hundred yards away) was largely invisible at half three when I took oldest daughter to work. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 19:07
Busy-Lizzie says:


I never had a teddy bear. But I do have one of those yellow mixing bowls. 

See original post

Wasn't it a bit tricky to cuddle up to in bed ?    

My mum had one of the brown Mason Cash ones but I think my sister took it. Wonder if she lost that as well as my mum's engagement ring....

I'm cooking sausage casserole. That's a  winter meal. What's that about? 

Can someone turn the tap off now...please

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 18:54

I use a lot of green, cream, yellow and white - especially foliage. It gives me colour on the dark dreary days - winter lasts a long time here. I can add accents to go in and among all of that. I also don't have the amount of time to spend in the garden that many people have, so plants have to suit me. 

BL - you have very different conditions - and grow accordingly. The hot dry weather means brown grass for you. That's rare here! 

I wish you could see what it looks like here today....there's a river running down the windows and I'll have to go and pick up the big pots of sweet peas - again  

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 17:09

It's just our climate and soil  here Verd. Picking the right thing is key. I've gradually learned that they really don't look as good as they would in your climate. They're good if associated well with other good, 'shapely' planting...  

Phormiums, on the other hand - now that's a different thing entirely....

The blue grasses just look grey ...and disappear into the grey sky.....

Gunnera Manicata

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 17:05

Sorry Hh    

Lovely pic  - fab sky 

Help, my plants leaves are covered in tiny holes?

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 16:52

Cornus I think Onopordum - but same as you've said already, nothing to worry about really. Tough shrubs.

Hostas always look terrible if they're snail and slug ravaged. I've given up with them mostly. I have one that escapes any damage and that's the only one I'm keeping now. It's a faff to go out every night and pick them up ( I like to get some sleep ) and I really don't like slug pellets, so I'm taking the easy option 

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 16:45

Ppauper - I agree with you. They have to be carefully used or they look like a heap of s****.  

I used to love them, then fell out of love with them. Unless you have room to do the Prairie thing properly, I think they can look pretty ugly. I  only have a few now, and they include Hakonechloa, which is a beautiful think in it's own right. I think that's the key. If they don't look anything special as a stand alone plant, then they tend to look messy and pretty weedy.

They always get touted as being stunning in frosty weather - the flower heads anyway. Up here they look awful because they get rained on copiously  in autumn and look pretty hideous instead. 

Just my opinion of course....but based on my experience.

Don't get me started on the 'blue' ones....

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 16:30

I'll just say three words Hosta  - Sir Philip Green....

Perdiddling here. It's not been above 13 or 14 degrees today. Hopeless. I hope the black paint hasn't washed off completely from the edging I did this morning. Painting inside instead  

Memorials are sad aren't they - yet very compelling. We forget so easily GWRS. 

I posted a pic of Alice bear  a while ago. Can't find the pic on my pooter though. Her eyes broke a long time ago and I sewed buttons on, but then they made that creepy animation - Coraline  

Think I may buy some proper eyes for her....

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