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Plant identification

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:56

Ah, I missed that Nutcutlet, thanks for letting me know. I'll have another look in the book then.

Help to plant new sloping borders

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:41





 This is an example of what you could do with the sloping sunny borders. It's a photo of a part of a Dutch garden which was built when the dikes needed reinforcing. It's a lot of hard work building it but, when established, it hardly needs any care at all. Some clipping and watering, that's it. Lots of beautiful alpines have been incorporated while building this terraced part, and before that, the slope itself was planted with Cotoneaster dammeri.  

Plant identification

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:28

This beauty is called Prospero autumnale, it's synonym is Scilla autumnalis.

Please help ID these trees.

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 10:42

First tree could be Morus alba, a White Mulberry Tree. The second one, I think could be Aronia melanocarpa, Black Chokeberry. Third photo is not clear enough. I think the fourth one could be Ailanthus altissima, a Tree of Heaven, judging from the leaves. 





Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:27

They look very much like Solanum muricatum, also called Melon pear or Pepino. Never tasted them myself, but I'm told they are very nice.

These are not ripe yet, so please, don't eat them when green. They are ripe when they are cream coloured with purple stripes. Here's a link, but Google will also come up with more info.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 12:53

It is very small indeed, and if I hadn't seen these with my own eyes I would have said the same as you, Verdun. These dwarf Box plants have been growing happily at that nursery for at least 15 years. They are holders of the Buxus collection in my country and are an internationally renowned company (Esveld).

Before moving house, I gardened on clay soil so I know what you mean about plants not sticking to the height stated on the labels. You're absolutely right about that! It's the quality and fertility that matter, yes Berghill.




Posted: 18/08/2013 at 14:00

There is a Buxus microphylla 'Green Pillow', which is described as being only 1 foot high after ten years. B. 'Morris Midget', also 1 foot high after ten years.They both have green foliage.

Buxus sempervirens 'Blauer Heinz' has the same height but it's foliage is a somewhat greyish.

Identifying Plants, shrubs and trees in my new garden

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 14:59

1 = Prunus laurocerasus 'Zabeliana'  (Common Laurel)

2 = Cotinus coggygria 'Nordine'  (Smoke Bush)

3 = Berberis thunbergii 'Admiration'  (Japanese Barberry)

4 = Heuchera 'Jade Gloss'

5 = Lamium maculatum variety  (Spotted Deadnettel)

6 = Pyracantha  (Firethorn)

7 = Stipa tenuifolia  ( Mexican Feather Grass or Pony Tail Grass)

Mystery grass please help identify

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 13:34

Could it be Star-Rush? Dichromena colorata.

 Oops, that's a bit large. Sorry for that.

Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 15:05

Albizia julibrissin and Acanthus, especially the spiky ones spring to my mind. Eriobotrya japonica, Magnolia grandiflora, Pistacia chinensis and Acca sellowiana also have the look and feel of the subtropics.

Albizia has been growing happily in my garden (well, this garden) for about 5 years now and we get winter temps around -20 here in the Netherlands. I do have sandy soil. In those five years it's canopy has grown to 2m in diameter

For groundcover maybe Coprosma prostrata, Coprosma rugosa 'Red Rocks', Leptinella potentilliana or Leptinella squalida.

Also think that some multi-stemmed trees ( Aralia, Koelreuteria) would look natural in such an environment. Maybe even Metrosideros excelsa would survive. Oh, and the beauuuutiful Duranta repens and some Aristolochia species as well....I'm sorry, am rambling away.It's such an inspiring project and I'm a bit jealous even, there are lots of these I'd love to grow but can't. Please, post some photos when the garden is ready. I wish you good luck and happy gardening!!

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