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Latest posts by happycottontail

Good structural plants

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 08:00

I have been advised to begin planting up my east and south facing borders with structural plants, so I'm looking for ideas for the loveliest climbers and shrubs for the back of the borders, which are surrounded by a 6' high fence.  My colour palette is mainly white, pink and mauve.

I also need to get some structure into the middle of the borders - plants of differing shapes that would be between 3' and 4' tall.

I have some ideas of course, but with your vast experience you can help me to choose the most reliable and beautiful varieties    Fragrance is important to me too!

Thank you!





Using polystyrene worms in containers

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:50

Thanks Bob, that makes sense.  I'll use pea gravel for stability.

Using polystyrene worms in containers

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:09

Hi all!  I was wondering if I could use those squashy polystyrene worm shapes that are used for packaging, in the bottom of a deep container so that I don't need to put so much compost in it.  The pot is 50cms wide at the top and it is 41cms high.  I'm planning on putting a wigwam of 3 or 4 canes in it and growing runner beans and a few sweet peas for pollinators.  Do you think those plants will need a full pot of compost, or could I put a layer of polystyrene worms in the bottom?  I don't want them to affect the drainage or have an adverse effect on the beans!

Can we talk about viburnums?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 22:08

Thank you everyone!  Has anyone got Viburnum x burkwoodii Anne Russell, Mohawk, or Judii?

Can we talk about viburnums?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 09:12

I'm looking for a fragrant Spring flowering viburnum.  Do you have a favourite?

Should I go for evergreen or deciduous - or even semi evergreen, whatever that may mean! 

Quick growing rhododendron or azalea - is there such a thing?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 09:04

Thanks for all the feedback everyone!  I'm off to Morrisons to see what they have. I'd never thought of going there for plants, although my neighbour always gets his geraniums from them and they seem to be very healthy and floriferous!


Quick growing rhododendron or azalea - is there such a thing?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 09:50

I want to plant a couple of rhodis or azaleas in my garden, but as they are expensive, I think they will only be around 2' high when I buy them.  Do I plant them at the back of the border and expect them to double their size in 5 years, or are all varieties slow growing and should be put in the middle of the border?

keeping slugs off the hostas

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:12

What a beautiful hosta, Gail.  Do you know its name?


Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 19:02

Yes Busy-Lizzie, thank you very much.  I've sent you a reply.

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 10:53

She was only a virtual twin Blackest - invented to cover up my embarassment at having landed a balloon in the sea!

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