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Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) - does it do well?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 20:55

Does this plant do well in partial shade with alkaline soil? Any diseases or tendency not to thrive? Does it have a main stem and branches coming out sideways or is it more like bamboo with multiple stems?

I want to plant one near the house to shield us from the neighbours bay window (we are in a semi) and driveway.  I need an upright plant that is evergreen and can be pruned if it grows too close to the house.

Thanks for your advice.


I've been caught out with other plants (photinia getting leaf spot and fatsia japonica not looking good) and want a plant that performs well given the location.

Unhappy with new fence - doesn't match old

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 21:33

The new fence looks higher than the old fence by a couple of inches and there is a big gap at the bottom (from looking at your second picture).  There might be a bit of a colour difference but there shouldn't be this much.

Also, where are the fence posts?  I can't see them.  Must be something holding it up, that is the way one can tell who owns the fence.

Good luck with getting it sorted out.

What is wrong with my sedum

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 14:54

Actually I'll need to check with my husband if it had grit at the bottom.  We've been adding rotted stable manure to improve the soil but need to keep adding more I think.  I'm not sure what the garden centre did although it is well regarded round here.  We are having aphid and mildew problems on my climbers (clematis and honeysuckle) but it didn't occur to me that the brown marks might be the same thing.  I'll try and lift it soon if it didn't have grit even though it is flowering.

My name's not Jim by the way, it's a small children's programme that my two watch.  You can still call me that though!

What is wrong with my sedum

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 13:34

Thanks for your answers.  I didn't water it from overhead, just at the base.  The white hard water marks were already there when I got it a few weeks ago.  The wetter weather started as soon as I planted it so I've only watered it a couple of times.

It might not like our clay soil, perhaps I'll replant in the winter with grit under it.

What is wrong with my sedum

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 21:39

Are the brown patches something they are leaving behind?   There are a few holes on my other sedum beside this one but no brown patches.  I thought it was some illness as my new plants seem to get everything going!

Thanks for any info.

What is wrong with my sedum

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 20:58

What are the brown patches?  They were not there when I bought it a few weeks ago, it has had water when there has been no rain. Ignore the white marks - I think they are from the garden centre watering it with a hose, also ignore the sticks at the bottom, they are to keep the cats off


Any experience of misted tips strawberries?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 21:19

Are they worth the extra expense?

Thanks for any info.

Hollows in fig tree branch stumps - a problem?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 19:59

Ok thanks Dove.  I took it back (it was brown turkey to go outside), now it is a hunt for another.  I have the pit dug ready to fill, normally I buy a plant and struggle to get it in the ground!

Hollows in fig tree branch stumps - a problem?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 20:28

We spent today digging the pit for it but it isn't planted yet so I can still take it back.  I have just seen this on the RHS website 'Always leave 5cm (2in) long stubs when removing any branches.'

It is on this page:

There are several buds/mini leaves developing lower down so I thought it looked quite healthy - it was the best of the four there as the others had brown leaves.

Any changes of minds?


Hollows in fig tree branch stumps - a problem?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 21:23

I bought a fig tree half price today but I noticed it has hollow stems in two places where a branch has been cut off, hopefully you can see this in the photo.Are these hollows are problem? - I can still return the plant.  It is destined for my allotment to be grown as a bush.



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Any experience of misted tips strawberries?

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Anybody use Stewart Balconniere planters?

Advice needed 
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Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

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Question about blueberries

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Conditions for raising seedlings

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Do I plant my biennial bellis daisy out or keep it inside?

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Can you identify this rose please?

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Can you identify this plant and is it ill/deficient?

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Clematis armandii - what is the problem?

Wind burn on growing tips? 
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