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Clematis for a south facing border

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 13:14

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=97

Hello 

To some extent, the colour or variety you choose will depend on what you like best.

There are so many varieties that it's hard to advise you.

I would first have a look at the link above, to get some idea of what type you'd like.

Some are free climbers, some are not and need to be tied. Some need pruning back in February, some not at all.

 Some flower earlier in the year than others.

Perhaps on a 6ft obelisk, a free climbing variety that doesn't need cutting hard back, but just a gentle prune, may work best for you.

Or you could try mixing a montana type type that requires no pruning as such, with another variety that flowers later on and twines over tye earlier flowering one - just to have a bit more interest for longer.

Dwarf apple tree

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 17:54

Thank you both - really useful advice

Dwarf apple tree

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 15:14

Hello all,

My dwarf apple is in its second year in the garden (and about 4 years old overall). 7ft tall or so and has just finished blossoming. I haven't pruned it since it's been in th ground and also didn't pick any apples off it last year - because there were none (it blossomed during the wettest and coldest spring, without a bee in sight, and I think the birds got the couple that made it).

I've given it a good mulch in early spring and it's the picture of happiness right now. I can see loads of tiny burgeoning apples on it. 

At what point ought I cover it with a bird net? which sort of net is best? And when can I take the net off again!

Thanks from a gardener very new to fruit trees!

Dwarf acer palmatum dissectum

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:12

Thanks both 

Dwarf acer palmatum dissectum

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:01

Someone out there knows the answer to this one 

Dwarf acer palmatum dissectum

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 18:23

Excuse my ignorance, but is it common to see the purple-leaved version of this acer flowering in this country? Mine is covered in buds and I am flabbergasted! Now I'll get 50 posts telling me it's common as muck 

Yellow is the colour.......

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:23

Add to that, winter-flowering jasmine, aconites and sternbergia autumn crocuses as well!

Agree that pink and yellow doesn't work so well. Also not massively keen on bright blues with daff yellow- reminds me of IKEA

Love egg yolk yellows in combination with purples of hebe Pascal and pittosphorum Tom Thumb. My miniature daffs look lovely next to the purples of snakes head fritillaries too.

it all depends on the hue of the yellow in question  

Yellow is the colour.......

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:17

It's my favourite colour too Orchid.

Reminds me of spring and sunny days.

daffodils, narcissus, primroses, the fresh emerging leaves on my choisiya, forsythia, yellow/apricot of dwarf acer....

Year-old photinia "red robin" hedge looking sick

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:14

My photinia was massacred by vine weevil last spring. lots of holes and notches cut out of the leaves. 

Rudbeckia, when should it start to shoot?

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:08

Mine started to shoot end Feb and are about 4cm now.

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