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Willow or Bamboo screen?

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 23:52

Dove you are correct. That is the type of screen that I am after.

Lyn from my research so far I have noticed that the smaller the height the thinner the willow canes get. Maybe that has an effect?

Willow or Bamboo screen?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 23:00

Verdun, a living willow screen is certainly something that I have been interested in for years. However I have never ventured into it because I have never been sure where to start. Plus the height of the fence I am trying to cover/replace is only about 1.2 metres. I cant go any higher than that because it would block off the sun completely.

Willow or Bamboo screen?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 23:55

I'm looking to screen the bottom of the garden fence so that it brings out more the plants I have planted there. Am I best getting a willow screen or a thick bambo screen? Which one lasts longer? Are they prone to bending if exposed to the sun for long periods? And finally anyone recommend a place (website or shop) that sells good quality ones?

Thank you.

Advice about magnolias needed.

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 18:37

I've been wanting to grow magnolias in my garden for quite a while however the ones I have seen around so far grow to be quite large specimens. Are there any magnolias that are small varieties? Or are there any varieties that can be grown in pots in order to control growth?

In my previous house I had a type of cherry blossom tree which I controled the size and shape of by pruning it (quite heavily). However I am not sure if this can be done with magnolias and whether it affects their flowering or not?

Ideally I would like the magnolia tree to be around 2-2.5m high (8ft) with a crown diameter of around 6ft.

Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:15

There are about 10 or so hostas that still have produced any shoots but I'm assuming it has something to do with the fact that they were planted only a week ago.

Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:12

Here's some pics of the new shoots:





Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 16:51

Hostafan, thank you and WOW. 80 varieties, now that is definitely a collection to be proud of. You need to start a swap shop


I would order more from Bowden's but I dont want to end up with the same 20 varieties again. So I might give them a call next year and ask if they would consider sending me 20 different varieties from what I got this time.

If Bowden's are 20 miles away from you then I'm sure you will not resist the temptation for long. If not anything else just the sight of all those different varieties of Hostas will be magnificent (although I suppose you only need to look in your garden for that).

Your garden must be magnificent. Post a picture sometime if you get a chance.

Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:53

Thank you Bob. I tend to have this tendency of "have it all or not at all" if that makes sense (my wallet sure hates me for it). Plus Bowden's 20 varieties for £70 offer made sense.

I have planted the different varieties in large enough pots that hopefully they may not need to be divided for about 5 years. The large and huge varieties have been planted in 35L+ pots, the medium ones in 30cm pots and the small ones in 2litre pots.

Next year I may need to repot some of the medium hostas that were planted in small pots I think but will wait to see how they grow this year first.

The hostas have just started to come out (in different stages) and so far I have been lucky (touch wood) and not noticed any slugs or snails. The pots have been nicely salted with slug pellets as well. Also since I have a bit of a "neighbour's cat pooping in my garden" problem I have covered the medium and large pots with chicken wire (which stands above them like a small dome) and have cut a whole in the middle to allow the hostas to shoot up. I have also a lot of crushed egg shells on standby and some coarse sand to spread around the base of each pot.

Considering there's 50 pots of hostas in a few years time I should have plenty to share with members here in the forum as well as to start experimenting with planting in the ground in a corner of my garden.

Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:43

In case this helps anyone else I have pasted here the reply that those kind people at Bowden's provided:

I have separated the hostas into three for how much shade they would prefer, all hostas will grow perfectly happily in Neutral to slightly acidic soil but nothing extra needs to be added to the soil as they will grow well as long as they get plenty of water during the growing season.

Shady area hostas
Big Daddy
Devon Green
First Frost
Mack the Knife
Lacey Belle
Gypsy Rose
Kiwi Full Monty

Part Shade area hostas
Diana Remembered
Lime Fizz
Lakeside Cha Cha
Pauls Glory
Rubies and Ruffles
Spartan Arrow
Mayan Moon
His Honor
Mango Tango

Full sun/part shade area hostas
Little Red Joy
George Smith
Sum of All
Red Stepper


I'm assuming by 'shady area' they mean full shade places where there is less than an hour or no direct sunshine at all. However I have also asked the question to clarify.

Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:41

I've sent Bowden's an email asking for some advice and hopefully they'll reply soon. Meanwhile I am not taking any risks and am avoiding placing the hostas in the areas of the garden that get 1 hour or less sun per day. As a matter of fact I am also thinking of removing my ferns from deep shade as well.

Hostafan1 thank you for the advice. I suppose I will have to wait for about a year or two before I can see the whole collection in full glory.

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