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jack legin


jack legin has reviewed 1519 plants

Clematis armandii Clematis

Posted: 02 September 2014
Overall: I had a clematis armandii in our old garden that I loved, and have tried it in the much smaller, north-facing one we have now, where it's proved much more difficult to manage. Now very leggy, it could perhaps gain from being cut back for a fresh start, but I'm afraid of doing this after what I've read elsewhere about its hatred of major pruning. Several contributors here say they've cut theirs back and with success, and I'd be grateful for their advice on how I could follow their example. I can be sent a message through the GW system.

Verbena bonariensis Verbena

Posted: 21 August 2014
Overall: It is in among our climbing roses - about 8' tall - TOTALLY sensational plant!

Bougainvillea glabra Bougainvillea

Posted: 14 August 2014
Overall: mine dries out so quick in my conservatory,i was told to let it completely dry in between watering, it's now loosing its leaves last of flowers just about finished, its about 8ft tall, do i cut down as it has 3 about 3 very tall branches,?

Plumbago auriculata Cape leadwort

Posted: 14 August 2014
Overall: Can I leave my plumbago out over winter

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' Chilean potato tree

Posted: 13 August 2014
Overall: Very much a thug I grew mine next to a chain-link fence but it's just spreading everywhere, so I am going to do some pruning to keep it in check.

Aponogeton distachyos Water hawthorn

Posted: 12 August 2014
Overall: These are delightful plants, scented and pretty as well as useful cover for the fish. Mine have survived several days frozen in a layer of ice and they seed very freely so you only need to buy one to cover the pond.

Phytolacca americana Pokeweed

Posted: 12 August 2014
Overall: I bought this plant to go in a difficult area. We are quite dry in East Anglia and I could not get anything to grow in the narrow bed by the front door. The pokeweed has grown well and I think it is very attractive with its purple stems, green foliage and racemes of small purple flowers which form into dark berries. So far, it has not spread everywhere. It has lasted over winter last year but it was mild. Not sure whether to cut it back in autumn but we had enjoyed it this last 2 years.

Iris bucharica Iris

Posted: 12 August 2014
Overall: After buying a pot of these beautiful iris a couple of years ago from a market stall in Lymington, I planted them in my sandy well drained soil and they have gone from strength to strength.They require little attention and have increased in number. Admittedly I live in east DORSET and my garden gets parched and the weather's milder but these iris are a true spring gem.

Crocosmia paniculata Crocosmia

Posted: 10 August 2014
Overall: Stunning architectural plant.... Beautiful trumpet like flowers with huge ribbed leaves. This plant is amazingly easy to grow and comes back every year. Grow at the back of the border as they get to 6ft tall.