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Non-flowering dianthus

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 13:47

Wow! Great suggestion! Thuis is similar to Nutcutlet's suggestion above. I will most definitely do this! Thanks, Jayne11.

raised flower bed plants - ideas please!

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 22:22

How mature are these plants? This sounds like a large raised bed that is already pretty well-stocked. If the gap wil fill itself with time, it might be an idea to use herbaceous perennials. Is the honeysuckle going to get pretty large? I have a big raised bed, built alongside the drive to disguise the ancient shed next door, and tall trellis behind it, which after three or four years is now covered with rampant evergreen  honeysuckle that I have to cut back regularly. I planted quite a lot in it initially, but every year the planting gets simpler because  the plants get bigger.

Non-flowering dianthus

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 21:53

Thanks for this info. Obviously, then, they are quite short-lived as useful garden plants. I put mine in my poorest soil, too, thinking it was suitable for them, so I'm glad to learn that I was right about that .I'll remember to take cuttings regularly and replace plants. Obviously, it is better to plant plenty of rooted cuttings than to hope for larger clumps. A bit of information goes a long way!


Posted: 05/02/2013 at 21:43

The council are doing that white buddleia a favour by hacking it back. Every time they do it, it will thicken up and grow back better. I agree that these are beautiful plants, but they do take up quite a lot of room as they mature. Two planted together in one bed could end up being a hedge! Cutting them back just helps them get bigger and you can't do it too often or you lose the flowers. They are a good idea for privacy, though I hope - and expect - that yours will thrive. .

Side of House

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 21:33

How about an arch at the front of the area, level with the front of the bungalow with something pretty growing over it? This would prevent the problems associated with something growing up the house wall and, again, suggest a path to something more behind it. You could then put chippings down behind it, with maybe a plant or two to break it up and invite the eye further. A rose with a clematis growing through it looks quite good and has a good flowering season. Or you could use an evergreen honeysuckle or jasmine. Jasmiine grows slowly though, I find.You could create a good focal point with a statue or largeish plant in front of the shed.

Non-flowering dianthus

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 21:17

Thanks, all. Nutcutlet, great idea! Can I ask again, are there ways of ensuring that Dianthus do well? Would feeding them be a good idea? Or do they do better if they are in less rich soil? I have tried to find this information elsewhere but haven't had much success. Many thanks.   

Non-flowering dianthus

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 14:49

I have some clumps of dianthus in the garden. The largest no longer flowers and has become very woody in the middle. Can I replant the outer pieces (which don't flower at the moment) or would I be better off taking cuttings and starting again? The ground is sandy and well-drained, because there used to be a patio laid on sand and some remains in the soil. We add compost regularly and I have also added some topsoil. Nevertheless, it is not the most fertile part of our garden. A more general question - are dianthus short-lived perennials, because they don't seem to last long in my garden? Are there are any particular keys to making them flower and last well? Many thanks.

Please fill this in!

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 09:14

I just browsed for something interesting, joslow.

Dovefromabove, your name reminds me of the Holy Spirit. This reminds me in turn of the need for generosity and it is the lack of generosity to this student that riled me. But perhaps it is now time to let this topic rest, as maybe I should have done in the first place.

Talkback: Planting to cut winter fuel bills

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 09:07

This is very interesting. The opposite issue would be that plants can hold damp into walls. Not sure I know what I am talking about here, but i believe that older houses were built with very thick walls and small windows to provide maximum insulation in winter. Modern houses are more vulnerable to changes in temperature and need modern heating. They are also less well suited to having climbing plants grow on them, I should think. Between this and problems with roots undermining  the foundations, any insulation using plants would have to be done very carefully, presumably. Are we just talking about windbreaks?

Which greenhouse?

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 06:45

What a useful discussion! We got rid of our glass greenhouse last year, to reclaim a bit of garden. I didn't overwinter plants in there because of the cost of heating. A small double-walled polycarbonate greenhouse sounds ideal for me and would be easily moved if necessary. Thanks for raising this topic, Andrea6.

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