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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!!

Long, narrow border ideas

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:30

Fidgetbones, found you this:

Just scroll down a bit, and you'll find the answer.

What to put in this gap?

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 11:24

The shed could be covered with climbing Hydrangea petiolaris and Clematis 'Nelly Moser', I absolutely love that combination. For the gap I'd be inclined to use Hosta, ferns, Helleborus and Hydrangea arborescens  'Annabelle'. One of the Rhododendrons would be good there too. This way you'd have something in bloom almost all year round. Some winter and spring flowering bulbs would add a finishing touch.

what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 12:04

I agree with Sara 4. Ilex can be pruned back hard so you can renovate them, so to speak. Best time to do that would be July and August. If you want to lower the height, that's also possible.

But you are right, you'd be looking at an almost bare trunk for quite a while even though it will start growing new shoots after it has been pruned. So, it's up to you.

To renovate or to eliminate... that's the question

please identify plant/weed

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 16:45

Looks a bit like some kind of goosefoot to me....

what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 13:53

This big tree with the variegated leaves could also be a Holly. Ilex altaclerensis 'Golden King' ( which does sound odd for a female plant, lol!) has hardly any spines so could easily be confused with both Euonymus and Elaeagnus. Unfortunately it's too far away to be absolutely sure what it is. A close up might help.

Can I prune a Ginko Tree?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 13:33

There are varieties of Ginkgo biloba that stay much smaller and can be grown in a pot. Usually these are grafted trees. They can be pruned during winter or in July and August. The latter will give the tree the chance to heal the wounds during it's growing season. Found this:

I do love the idea of buying a tree for the council. That way lots of people get to enjoy this beautiful ancient species.

Identify this? Plant with blue top and yellow orange flowers

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 08:52

I take my hat off to you Rhoda!! That's some find.

Help with plant identification

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 07:11

Diabolo does have the white flowers, the reddish haze is there when the seedheads start to form. There's also a golden Physocarpus and one with brownish foliage which I don't like personally but hey, taste is a different matter. They all have white flowers. 

Help with plant identification

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 15:55

Looks like Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' to me.

Lovely shrub and growing quite fast too!

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