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Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 16:34

I have found white forget-me-nots unusually hard to germinate. I would like to know why when the blue ones proliferate like crazy. I've even complained to the one & only seed company that will sell packets of white-only forget-me-nots, (2 years ago). They replaced the seeds and I then had moderate success. I had more luck this year and today I have planted out the grown-on plants while taking out the majority of the hundreds of blue ones from borders. I do wish garden centres/nurseries would sell white-only forget-me-nots plugs. It would make life so much easier than having potted-on plants hanging around awaiting the autumn border clear-out before planting along with spring bulbs.

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 22:21

I spent 5 years a long time ago getting rid of a ground-cover hypericum - it was extremely persistent. As to Japanese anemones, I am still paying the price for planting just one plant some years ago - it is even trying to come up through concrete. Visiting Wisley a few days ago, I was amazed to see huge swathes of Japanese anemones in the borders near the new conservatory. They looked attractive at the time but how on earth will they be controlled? As to golden rod, I not only suffer from seedlings from the next-door neighbour's garden, but worse still, an RHS expert told me that golden rod is an eelworm host. He explained that the near-death of a 10 ft square of phloxes my side of the fence is the result of the proximity of the golden rod planting the other side of the fence.

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