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Hydrangea in full shade?

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 19:49

Most Hydrangea shrubs prefer a sheltered site in part shade (7 hours of sunlight) . I have one under the canopy of a Damsun tree. It gets part shade in the spring and dappled shade in the summer and seems to be ok. Keep Hydrangeas well watered as they wilt quite badly if not watered regularly once planted out 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 21:11

Hi Joyce 

Thank you 

Yes, it is, combined with Agapanthus Northerm Star and Lobelina Tania's Sister 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 19:36

My garden in bloom 

Raised bed against fence

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 21:35

It's a difficult one as you will need to build something between the fence and the raised bed. Possibly you could dig in 2 timber fence posts 75mm x 50mm by height required. Set them in the ground with concrete and then nail tantalised timber panels, A bit easier than breeze blocks but still requires some practical experience to do.

Post will cost £5 each

Timber panels will depend on length but a 6' lenght timber gravel board 150mm wide will cost u about £4 

Post set £5 per post 

what shrub is this?

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 21:21

Red stemmed dogwood as per Ian 

Leaf mould

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 11:38

Bag up the leaves after running through the mower then spray and damp them with water. Create some holes in the bags and leave for a year. No need to turn unless you want some exercise. Job done 


Posted: 31/07/2017 at 11:18

I my experience that are short lived. Division is the best way if the root ball is sufficienly large enough and will give you a good size plant to plant back in your garden. I would divide in spring as opposed to Autumn 

Blue Slate on soil - no membrane

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 21:18

Apologies as I as looking at the photo posted by Berghill and mistook it for your garden

Obviously, no problem with lawn edges  

What is wrong with my Geum Mrs Bradshaw

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 10:40

Hi Geums need a well drained humus rich soil. They do not do too well in heavy clay soil so a good bit of soil conditioning is required plus some grit to prevent any possible water logging 

Blue Slate on soil - no membrane

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 10:32

If you put a good 50m thick of slate down it will act as afairly good multch in normal circustances, even on top of unmembra soil. Obviously, perennial weed will still show through but should be easy to remove.i would be more concerned that the slate chipping do not protrude over tthe lawn edge. Ensure you remove sufficient soil to the lawn edge so that the chipping are just below the lawn level. It will look  more presentable and easier when mowing the lawn. The main thing imo is that the blue slate is enclosed within the area and that the plants you choose complement the colour of the slate 

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