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Weeping cotoneaster ... under planting ideas

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 16:23


 


 

I have been cutting back a weeping cotoneaster which was taking over a border and am now looking for ideas to under plant around it. As it's evergreen I need ideas for plants that will tolerate shade and dry conditions.  I'm going to put daffodils from my containers in when they finish flowering but what else?  I have dicentra both a pink and a white one and wondered if they would survive there and also have Brunnera Jack Frost which I thought might work there too. But any other ideas please?

Seeds without instructions

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 13:51

Many thanks Philippa - sort of as I thought then.

Seeds without instructions

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:46

I have been sent free seeds of Safflower and Lemon Cucumber - does anyone have any ideas about planting and growing   - I'm thinking maybe next March but can't find any information to know if I'm rght or not. Has anyone tried growing these? 

Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil Plant)

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 14:52

Thank you, I only sowed 3 of the seeds from the packet as I was hedhing my bets so to speak.. so if these ones drop on me I'll wait till May to sow again.  I've put them on my south facing sunniest window and brought them off it when it gets dark so they are still in warmth.

Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil Plant)

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 12:23

I have been growing 2 of these from seed but they are both very leggy... and 2nd leaves are just beginning to show on the top of a 7 to 9 cm stem.  Should I pinch them back or wait til there are more leaves? 

The Beechgove Garden

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 16:28

I hear Chris Beardshaw is supposed to be joining the team to replace Lesley.  I think someone has posted this elsewhere too though. Beechgrove is back on Thursday 4th April at 19.30 on BBC2 Scotland, repeated on Sunday 7th April on BBC2 network, time TBC.

What about a seperate section for absolute beginers.

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 16:17

Welcome Brian, I hope you're finding your way around now.  I'm still learning where things are here and I think getting to grips with a computer in 6 weeks is no mean feat.  I take my hat off to you for getting on board. 

Wide shallow garden ideas please.

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 09:14

Thanks  so much Rosa and Obelixx for your input and ideas I'll try them out on paper and see where I can go from there. I agree about not taking it straight on as that's what makes it look even narrower and so taking it on the diagonals sounds good and keeping the planting simple I think is a must too - I thought I'd recycle some of what I have already in tubs but limit it to just a few and do repetition of those.  Re your other solution Obelixx I like that idea though it would mean planning to change all three parts of the front garden and I was hoping to just change the middle part.  But as I'm pipe dreaming on paper I could also give your ying/yang ideas a go and see how it looks anyway. 

Wide shallow garden ideas please.

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 18:25

I'm doing a garden course and am trying to redesign in front of my house which is a very wide but narrow / shallow area - (24m long by 6m wide) already split into 3 areas all about 6m in depth from the house to the front wall. Friends suggested I look at similar garden images to get ideas but I don't see many about... Any ideas where I can look or does anyone have a wide shallow garden to give me ideas? I've posted some of my pictures to explain what I mean if that will help.

Left side of front garden in gravel (west facing) - planted with grasses, perennials that like good drainage and spring bulbs


 Middle of front garden all to gravel with higgledy-piggledy tubs at the moment... In shade most of the day though South facing.

 

 


 


 

Other side border East facing mainly shrubs and trees with some perennials and spring bulbs...

 


 A view to the house from the driveway gate showing the main area I'm trying to redesign.

Amy ideas to get me started would be a help - I've measured up and put my measurements on paper so far and have come up with a first idea for my draft plan... see below


 

How tidy is your garden?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:48

I'm addicted to plant buying too! And after I broke my ribs a few years back I couldn't do as much as I'd have liked - couldn't lift/ bend/stretch etc... so I asked around and got a gardener to come once a fortnight to help me out till I was more able again,,,, He's still with me after 5 years and I don't think I could do without him now, though he only comes from April to October!  He does enough for me to be able to keep the rest "under control" and I'm hoping he'll be able to help me move my tubs and things when I redesign this garden for my course!  Maybe you could get someone to come for a short time ( a week or two only) and just get things under control or sort something out so's you can get back to doing it yourself?  It might just take a gardener a few hours and once they've got it started might that be the incentive you need for you to just keep going?

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