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Need a climber for a pergola in full shade, ideally fragrant! Any ideas?

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 18:40

@nutcutlet but isnt that more dappled shade? 

Need a climber for a pergola in full shade, ideally fragrant! Any ideas?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 23:07

We have a pergola that stands in between two walls so there is absolutely no sun there- I would like to plant a climber to cover it that can

a) live in a pot ( no soil there)

b) can handle full shade

c) is evergreen

d) ideally with fragrant flowers

i had sausage vine in mind but read it on,y produces flowers when it gets some sun. Te other option I can think of is climbing hydrangea. I don't like ivy particularly as for me they always look like weeds. Does anyone maybe have some other recommendations? Thank you!

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 20:56

I loved the idea of fennel in my garden so I bought two tiny plants last year and planted them in front of my border. Who would have thought they grow like 1m tall?... well, it was my first year as a gardener, thats the only excuse I'Ve got.

planted bamboo in pot but forgot to tease a few roots-should I dig it out?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 21:36

Thank you all for your help, Inwill leave it alone then! I bought a clump forming one and hope it will stay in its pot for 3 years as I've been told, let's see 

hedge ideas for privacy

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 12:20

One VERY important thing, check the soil underneath the stones- it is crucial to know what kind of soil it is and in which condition before you put grass on it. I can highly recommend Alan Titchmarsh's books to get inspiration, especially the "How to be a gardener" series- I had absolutely no idea about gardening before and he really takes you through it step by steps so you avoid (costly) mistakes. 

hedge ideas for privacy

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 12:03

You can also let the tree surgeon grind the stumps down completely and then plant a "hedge on stilts"  of pleached hornbeams. They are ideal for a small garden also as they don't need much space at ground level. You can do the same with Red Robins (photinia I think they're called), we have them in the garden and they grow pretty fast. They can be trimmed as small trees or a hedge amd are evergreen. 

We are also overlooked from all sides and i am trying a mixed approach:

On the left fence I planted honeysuckle ( I bought an evergreen hardy variety) which covers up the fence and makes the garden more homey, I plan to plant 2 more climbers like that on it to cover up all the fence (Clematis is good as well, don't go for Wisteria as it will be too big from what I can see on the picture).

For the patio I now bought a Bamboo in a pot which is enough, and in front I have planted the aforementioned Red Robins which will hopefully cover the fence in 3 years or so. 

As hedges can dry the soil and it can be hard to grow plants close to them, they are not ideal for a small garden, hence I think the "hedge on stilts" idea would be great. 

planted bamboo in pot but forgot to tease a few roots-should I dig it out?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 11:15

As the title says, I have just bought a beautiful Bamboo yesterday and planted it in a pot, but now I am worried since I forgot to tease a few roots out-they were so big that it didn't even cross my mind. Now I am afraid the Bamboos roots won't take hold, should I dig it out and replant it or is that not necessary?  

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 23:17

Wow Lavender Lady, what an AMAZING garden! An absolute dream! I have many questions but will limit it to one: How does the water feature work? Did you just put water and a plant in a pot or is there more to it? I would love to have one like this too but am looking for something without a pump!

Helleborus niger in family garden- too dangerous?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 22:47

Thank you all for your answers, I am relieved to hear that I don't have to ban every plant that contains toxins! Now I just have to make the border to get started

Helleborus niger in family garden- too dangerous?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 15:44

Hello, 

 

I have just purchased a small Helleborus niger, also known as Christmas rose, and didn't know that it is poisonous in larger quantities. I have googled a bit and found out that the seeds are especially dangerous but couldn't find anything about the leaves or flowers.

We have a toddler and although she doesn't take things in her mouth anymore I am now unsure if I should plant it or give it back to the Garden centre. I would love to keep it as we have clay soil and part shade, so this plant is ideal, but obviously I won't risk the safety of my child! Does anyone have this plant and children and can advise me? Thank you!

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Need a climber for a pergola in full shade, ideally fragrant! Any ideas?

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planted bamboo in pot but forgot to tease a few roots-should I dig it out?

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Helleborus niger in family garden- too dangerous?

Is it safe to have this plant around when you have kids? 
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