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Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 22:37

Thanks Singy and Chicky

Chicky - good point about competing plants in the pot. But... the pot is a square wooden planter, and I would worry that it would look empty, especially at times when the clematis is not in full swing. I was hoping to brighten up my rather dreary doorstep with it - clematis because I just love it, but was hoping other plants would help with this. Would the pot not seem awfully bare and boring with only clematis stems emerging from it? If I give the clematis roots some space would that help stop them having to compete, or is it not that simple?

Do bulbs have a use by date?

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 22:29

I got some extra cheap bulbs today (I know I keep going on about bargain plants, please don't judge me! ). I guess they were reduced because the time to plant them is long gone. I got some primula vialli, anemone and freesias. The boxes say to plant them in Spring - will they keep til next Spring, or should I just plant them now and see what happens?


Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 22:10

Thanks Waterbutts, that's really helpful to know. I thought I would have to line it, but there seemed to be some divided opinion online about what to use.

I'll have to wait and see about the pruning needs. I only have much larger clematis in the back garden that have only needed a little bit of pruning so far. So the shorter growing clematis will be a learning process for me!

Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:48

Apologies for the awful formatting of my post. I tried to edit it several times on my phone, but each time it just got worse! Aargh!

Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:39

I've got a wooden planter that I've attached a trellis to. It's going outside the front door which faces north. Next door's clematis looks very healthy so I'm encouraged by this! 

I got two clematis plants to go into it, both ones that grow up to 6ft. Both are May to Sept flowering. Whilst it would be great to have them flower at different times, I worry I'd get confused and prune them at the wrong times!? I got two because they were on offer (!) and I liked the colour combination.

Today I got a selection of euonymous plants to help cover the clematis roots and I was planning to add some spring bulbs for early colour. Not sure what, maybe some daffs. Then when they fade I figure I could just get used to popping in some bright summer bedders each year.

I ha

ve no idea if this plan is sound and wondered what 

more experienced gardeners would think?

Also, wooden planter... Do I need to line it and with what? I know to add holes and drainage materials etc.


I know there are probably a million things to comment on here, so apologies. But even advice on one small part would be very much appreciated. 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:59

For me too my favourite thing of the moment is the lucifer montbretia (crocosmia). When we moved here last summer I had one in the garden and my mum identified it for me. This year they've popped up all over! Such a beautiful red.

Scent wise, I'm very thankful to my neighbours, as their honeysuckle wanders into my garden. Fabulous! 

Ideas of what to grow

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:43

Errm, I'm still very new to the gardening thing, having only moved last summer. It has become my passion though. Hadn't thought of testing to see how acid the soil is, will try that. Although asparagus sounds great. I love fruit, but mainly just for eating fresh - with two small kids I don't feel I have time to make jams etc. So I'll check the acid and then likely will be posting again.

Thanks so much for the replies. 

Ideas of what to grow

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 18:04

I have a spot at the bottom of the garden with gooseberries and rhubarb. They were already there but the problem is that I'm not a big fan of either. Does anyone have suggestions of what other fruit/veg might grow well in the same spot? The spot is partially shaded and is west facing. 

More plants in need of identification!

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 22:12

Lordy, maybe it is. It doesn't hang like a cotoneaster, if you know what I mean, but it certainly looks like one of the pics on google...



More plants in need of identification!

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:18

Wowee, I love this forum! Thank you all so much. Fairly sure it's a viburnum though rather than a cotoneaster. I'm clearly no expert, but I do have a cotoneaster that I successfully managed to identify for myself - pat on the back for me, hehe.

I'm hoping one day I will be able to identify plnts for other people, but have a lot to learn first!

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