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What to plant here

Posted: Yesterday at 23:00

If not Pieris, then an other evergreen shrub may do the job of masking the decimated area.

The Pieris I have is a japonica species and grows well over 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide and seems to enjoys being in a dappled shaded situation that the conifer makes

Also pine needles from the conifers improves the acidity of the soil that Piers enjoy 

What to plant here

Posted: Yesterday at 21:48

I agree that the soil will be depleted of nutrients etc. . I had the same problem with conifers that had been cut back to the trunk and have never grown back. I had a Pieris that i needed to move from its it went in front of the decimated conifer. it was planted approximately a metre away from the conifer and I had to improve the soil wirh compost and fertiliser and then again 3 months later to keep the shrub healthy. 

2 years on the Pieris has not struggled at all and colours up and flowers beautifully. It has also done its job of covering the decimated cut back on the conifer 

So put some goodness back in the soil and plant away  

Salix Flamingo

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 22:53

I have varigated salix. They colour cream and pink on the leaves before going cream and  green.

Very slow grower and don't let it dry out and water well but do not over water 

pet companions

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 22:09

I have a Maltese Terrier called Maisie.I've had here since she was a puppy and she is 9 years old this year. She loves the garden and run like a whippet when she gets in there. At the moment she is lying on the sofa with me and fast a sleep and dreaming of chasing cats 

Surfina bedding plants

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 21:06

Hi Fidget bones

i live in Birmingham and normally I grow them from seed but this year I am finding in very hard to buy them in GC. As said, I might be a bit too late in the season now so I will have to see if any other GC have an abundance of them 

Surfina bedding plants

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 19:16

Just been to buy some surfina bed plants are to my surprise there seems to be a great shortage of them this year. Normally they are packed to the rafters in the GC and in smaller outlets but there seems basically nothing out there 

Anybody else had any problems with buying this plant this  years

Smoke Bush

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 18:54


very happy that you have some sign of live . Just persevere as they are a beautiful shrub and normally are trouble free. Just a question, it's it in a sunny position 

Smoke Bush

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 09:26


I would give them some bonemeal to the soil and a good watering. I have 2 in my garden and they will take a good pruning to reinvigorate it. Are they showing signs of new buds or are they completely bare. By now, you should have lush deep purple leaves appearing on the shrub 

Any one done any gardening today version 2

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 21:51

Mowed the lawn and applied a 4 week feed 

Multched around my hosta's with quality horse manure 

Replaced a young phlox perrenial that the slugs had for supper last night and planted a more mature one that will hopefully be ignored by the slimy monsters 

Applied  a tomato feed to my clematis plants. Did this last year and it was the best show of glowers I have ever had 


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 21:43

My hostas seem to thrive in part or dappled shade 

They are starting to look good in front of mature  ferns. If I can defeat the slugs then they will stay that way

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