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Potting on perennials?

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 12:17

I have quite a few perennial plants in pots that need potting on. I normally do this early spring so that the new compost is fresh, but could it be done at the end of autumn when the plant has died off?

I always think that doing it at the end of autumn could encourage unwanted regrowth due to the extra nutrients in the new compost, or perhaps the extra nutrients could get washed out over winter?

How do I keep a Hydrangea white

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 00:10

As the link above, I have 2 x Hydrangea Koria planted into two barrel planters and although they are only young plants their flowers look great., rather similar to clinming hydrangea...

 Elsewhere in my garden I have a different type of white hydrangea which is also a great looking plant, Hydrangea Limelight. I dont have any photos but you could do an image search on Google.

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 17:54

Well despite having spent a few days researching ferns & hostas, I found myself at my local Dobbies garden centre and by chance I saw some black barrel planters which I thought would really suit  the front of my house. Nearby they had some Hydrangea Koria on display, their lable stated they like either a little morning or evening sun. They looked like they would complemont the planters perfectly, so I bought them. They should mature to a perfect size...




Hydrangea Soil PH?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 20:02

Sounds like my white flowers will be safe. I have some ericaceous compost, thanks for the replies.

Hydrangea Soil PH?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 15:32
I've just bought a Hydrangea Koria plant which has small white flowers which Ill be planting in a large pot. Am i correct in thinking if i don't get the soil PH correct then the flowers may change to pink or blue?

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 21:21

I think im going to either plant them up with either ferns or geraniums, or possibly something from the list on this link which shows plant for dry shade...

It would be nice to also lift the plants out in Autumn and plant with something else for winter display, then swap back over in spring?

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:01

Thats a useful link, thanks.

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 21:18

Thanks for the suggestions. Seeing as the pots are positioned up against the house they may not catch all the rain, but Ive done some searching on the Crocus website and ive found Dryopteris wallichiana fern which grows to 1m tall and tollerates dry shade. Sounds ideal?

 Perhaps underplanted with a smaller fern like Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (Japanese painted fern)

 But I guess ive missed my opportunity for this sumer, perhaps I ought to think about planting it up for a winter display as well?

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 21:01

I sowed some packet bought seed in about early May this year. I sowed them in a tray of seed compost in my unheated greenhouse. It was about 3 weeks before anything appeared,but now they are growing well. Perhpas I should have sown them earlier in the year?

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 19:46

I'd like some suggestions on which plants to choose for the two terracotta planters ive just bought. They are going to help frame my front door and compliment my new block paved driveway.

They are in a north facing shaded aspect, which only gets sun for a short time in the evening. But as you can see from the photo, the little bit of sun they will get is dappled by the shadow cast by a neighbours tree. This photo was taken about 6:30pm, click on it to enlarge...

 I did consider Box pyramids, but I think even Box likes some sun. Something that grows about 3ft tall would look good, but I realise that the shaded aspect means I may have to settle for something like Hostas or ferns?  Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks

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