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Best ferns for wildlife garden

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 18:41

Royal fern is a big un.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 16:36

The two new ones are in those lovely deep pots and they do come in handy for potting on other things as the plant gets a good root run.  

fig tree

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 09:06

I would only wait because you don't want to cut it before a frost as these bits will be offering some protection.  If you know you've had your last frost then go for it,


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:58

Thanks for the advice everyone.  It looks like I'll have to add some compost, and BF&F to my clay soil when digging the planting holes. 


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 19:39

You're welcome, I have 9 clematis so far!  


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 19:05

Cheers Steve, good to know as I now have three group 1's and I'd like them to be thick from the base of the fences up rather than tall and skinny.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:54

Do you also pinch out the tips to encourage bushing at the base KEF?


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:46

Thanks Pete but it's not pruning I need to know about, it's training.  I know about the three pruning groups.  Thanks though. 

fig tree

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:36

I have one in a large pot too.  Wait until it comes into leaf and then you can see any dead bits, cut these off.  I seem to get a few dead 'snags' each year.  Other than that I don't think you need to prune unless it's outgrowing the space.  


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:33

Hello All,

I have several different clematis in different areas of the garden, most of them growing up that small squared plastic mesh to hide fences etc.  What is the best way to cover the whole thing and increase flower number rather than have the plant race straight up the support?  Should I try and train stems horizontally to encourage side shoots to grow vertically like you would a rose?


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