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Small tree for front garden

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 16:13

Three years ago I planted a small magnolia stellata in my front garden.    It faces due north, and is subject to strong north winds, but the magnolia has flowered beautifully each year since.     I believe they only grow to about three metres, but if it eventually outgrows the garden, I will be long gone!

Belts and Braces.

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 16:00

I once moved to a house where the flower beds in the front garden were all covered in mauve slate.    Ghastly stuff.    I couldn't mulch the soil to improve it, and planting anything into it was a nightmare.    I spent four years trying to remove it, and then moved house!

Watering Garden from 1st Floor Apartment

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 07:54

If you can't cut into the drainpipes, maybe you could put guttering on a garden shed?    We have two waterbutts attached to our greenhouse, and they give a plentiful supply of water.    If you have the space, then, you can link waterbutts together to collect even more.    It is quite an expense to start with, but well worth it, especially if you are on a water meter.    We also have seven butts attached to our house, and never need to use mains water now.

Winter flowering violas

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 07:40

I also treat these as annuals.    Mine, planted last October, have been flowering ever since, through rain, snow and frost.     They are still going strong,in pots, underplanted with spring bulbs which are all coming through now.    The two flowering together will look great.     I much prefer the little violas to the winter pansies.   I expect mine to last at least until May when I change the pots to summer flowering plants, then they go in the compost bin.

Used ground coffee

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 07:30

I put mine into the compost bin

winter flowering plants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 22:01

I agree, the ribes is stunning.    How about Viburnum Bodnantense "Dawn" for pink flowers all winter?

Unknown plant/shrub

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:55

When I read that he said it wasn't suitable for small gardens, I immediately thought of a kiwi plant!    Not sure, though.

Cutting Back Penstemons

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:40

I cut mine back in March, and I too had less flowers last year.    I am putting it down to the lousy summer, and I have already done mine this year.

Spring breaks offer

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 21:30

You are so right GG.   

Flowering plants that like shade

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 09:51

hellebores and lots of spring bulbs for early colour

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