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Clematis armandii

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 19:37

That's a slightly different situation then Redwing  

If you need something to clothe a large area, and don't have ground to plant into, I'd suggest making a raised bed of a decent size to give your chosen climber a chance. Simply trying to contain a vigorous grower rarely works as the plant can't get roots out as well as down. Constricting roots  usually constricts the top growth as well.

Bear in mind that your own conditions will have an effect on the amount of growth too. Like any plant, what grows well in a southern, warm sheltered position, won't grow the same in a more exposed, colder one. 

Moving a false castor oil plant ...help

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 19:19

Do you mean Fatsia japonica Sally?

You can prune them if it makes it easier to move, but I'd wait for warmer weather if you have to do that.

If you have to move it now, the usual advice applies. Prepare the new site thoroughly first, with plenty of compost/well rotted manure etc, get as  big a  rootball as possible,  and make sure you water in thoroughly. Don't do it if you have frosts forecast though  

Large unwanted birds

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 19:13

Chicken wire would also do the job. Any hanging basket will be fine.

As has been suggested - take a look on a similar thread we currently have here. Unwelcome Garden Visitors.  You might find some tips there too flowerpower   


Posted: 26/02/2016 at 19:06

Clematis armandii

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 19:05

Plenty of clematis varieties will be fine in a decent pot, but bear in mind they're totally dependent on you for all their needs. They need plenty of moisture if planted in pots, especially in hot, dry or windy conditions, good drainage and the right food, so make sure you can give them what they need to have success.

Take a look at Taylor's Clematis online site - you can then choose according to the conditions in your own garden. 

Fast growing hedge

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 18:48

Leylandii  (Cupressus) is a different beast altogether from the Lawson cypress (Chamaecyparis)   You need tons of room for the leyland and it sucks the life out of everything round it. Any conifer can be awkward though, unless well maintained. They all get big and unruly if left to their own devices so be careful before opting for any of those. 

In my experience, Photinia can often be very disappointing unless it has perfect conditions. 


Posted: 26/02/2016 at 18:38

That was me wot done it Verd ...tee hee 


Posted: 26/02/2016 at 18:04

Tough as ol' boots me, Verd .... 


very leggy Hebe Pascal

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 17:43

I think you're right nut - some cope with it and some don't. Keeping them tidy is the best way to maintain their size and shape. 

I wasn't familiar with this variety either, but I had a look and it doesn't seem very hardy. You could always take some cuttings when/if you prune it, and then if it doesn't survive, you'll have a few to back it up 


Posted: 26/02/2016 at 17:36

I had a honeysuckle many years ago (when I knew very little about them) and I neglected to keep it damp Sophie. Despite the high rainfall here, it got very little because of it's position in the garden. It never looked good. It's a really important factor as Verdun has  said 

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