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Help- How to cut down plant

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:35

Looks like it to me Kelly although I can't get the pic to enlarge very well. They're normally grown as a specimen plant in the middle of lawns or large borders.They do get pretty big, and the flower spikes are the same height again,so you might be better trying to get it out and planting something more friendly instead. It looks as if it's not in a great position - is it on a path?The foliage has very sharp edges so wear stout gloves when you work with it.  


If you google Cortaderia pumila you'll get the idea of what they're like.


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:20


and put that torch down....


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:17

nut and fidget 

I'm shocked....


Choosing a clematis

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:14


I aim to please! 

Choosing a clematis

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 20:59

MrsG- look at some of the specialist growers online (Taylors is a great one) and narrow it down to the ones which will suit your aspect and the size of your arch/pergola and time of year you want it to flower. Then take some time to decide what you really, really like in colour and shape, because -  you'll learn how to prune and care for it if it's something you love 

And then you'll be hooked and you'll want another one for the other side....


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 20:46

Take time to prepare the area well jools. It will pay dividends. I had to remove turf round the boundary and put a fence in, and I then used plenty of decent compost and manure which was left to rot down over the summer before planting my bare root hedging (Blackthorn) in November. I added extra compost and a little Blood, Fish and Bone when I put the whips  in. 

garden centres vs garden nursery's

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 20:12

I agree with Dove. I use my local GC when I need seeds or bird food - I bought some sweet peas yesterday - and I bought compost today as it was convenient and they had a good offer.  I had a wander round the plants but it's very limited in what it has on sale, although it's a big, long established place. The nursery I use is a good half hour drive away, but it offers a huge range of plants - all Scottish grown - and if I buy just one, then it covers the cost of the petrol because the GC would (almost always) be twice the price.


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 20:04

jools - I know the problem only too well  Keep phoning the council and reporting it to the dog warden.  Unfortunately now that you've put a sign there, it often encourages some clowns to see it as a challenge.

If you want something more formal to keep neatly clipped and shaped,the quickest growing evergreen  would be laurel, but it does get big and it doesn't look good if you try to keep it small, so it depends how much room you have. If it's a smaller area, privet would be the next best, although it's not strictly evergreen and can lose a bit of foliage over winter. If you want something more informal, you could try Berberis - one of the green ones, as the purples are deciduous. Nice and jaggy too!

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:53

That quince is lovely chick  

Help- How to cut down plant

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:46

Snap philippa! 

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