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Small front garden planting

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 11:51

I would stick with glaucous blue or grey foliage to pick up the slate so lavenders which just need pruning once the flowers fade and/or dwarf conifers such as Juniperus Blue Carpet, Juniperus Blue Star.

Plants with white flowers would also look good.  Try http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=162, http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=162 , http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=242, http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=2208, http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=427, http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=432, http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=911, http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=2024 

You don't say whether the soil is acid, neutral or alkaline so you'll have to check for which plants are suitable for your soil.   remmeber to prepare it well buy digging out roots of perennial weeds and adding plenty of well rotted manure and/or garden compost as you won't be able to do that once the slate mulch ahs gone on.  Let teh soil settle a few days before planting up and then water everything well.

For something completely different, you could consider a herb garden - rosemary, sage, thymes, French tarragon, chives and so on.   Taking bits off for the kitchen will keep them pruned and tidy.

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 11:03

Geoff H and AT also advised barley straw for pond algae.   I don't see how a ban could be policed in private gardens and they're going to have to do some explaining to justify such a ban.

Your top performing PINK clematis!

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 09:25

There are also scented clematis you could consider.  Thevergreen armandii types are a too wussy to survive for me but I have these doing well -

Betty Corning - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=562

clematis x triternata 'rubromarginata' - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=540

and Flammula - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=172 

They are all scrambled up trees.  The last two have tiny flowers but lots of them.

Your top performing PINK clematis!

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 18:01

Use the website I've indicated on teh other threads and put pink in the tepal box on the search form.

I have Princess Diana and like many clems she tooka a couple of eyars to settle down but isnow very vigorous and has masses of flowers.   Alionushka is pretty but less vigorous - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=1 

Cicciolina is tough and has rather small flowers produced in profusion - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=567

Dr Ruppel is gorgeous but struggles with my winters - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=143

Hagley Hybrid is common and a bit mauvey but has lovely dark antehrs and is a good doer - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=196

hendryetta is a delicate flower and non clinging so needs training and tying in - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=2017 

I love Markham's Pink but it didn't like my winters - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=2017 

Omoshiro looks fab planted with a deeper pinky red clem such as Mme Julia Correvon or Niobe or Warsaw Nike - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=2017



Your top performing MAUVE or PURPLE clematis!

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 17:39

I once tried Romantika - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=396 which I planted with a Hanna - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=201.

Romantika didn't make it through winter and Hanna failed too but suddenly popped up again last year.

Your top performing BLUE clematis

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 17:22

I find in my garden that montana and alpina get excited and juicy and full of new foliage and flwoer buds just in time to be knocked out by a severe late frost and we always get a -15 or so in late March or even early April that does for them.  I grow lots of clematis but not the cirrhosa, alpina, macro petala or montana forms and I now make sure when buying new ones that they can cope down to -25C as we get that quite a lot in recent winters.

circular formal raised bed what centre piece

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 17:15

or an acer griseum or a Tibetan cherry for its their wonderful form and bark.   An obelisk with a clematis or rambling rose.   A statue on a plinth or a large pot on a plinth with seasonal planting - skimmia an divies for winetr, bulbs for spring, whatever you fancy for summer.   Depends on available time and budget.

Talkback: Hostas and slugs

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 17:06

I have too many hostas for copper/eggshells and so on and very persistent slugs.   I have, however, used wildlife friendly slug pellets for several years and find them very good.  I have cats, dogs, loads of birds, hedgehogs, amphibians and insects.

You need to be organised and scatter the first few pellets around susceptible plants in late winter or early spring to get them as they emerge from hiberation and then every couple of weeks to catch the stragglers and the newly hatched before they have time to breed or feed.   I start on Valentine's Day as it's easy to remember.  

You can also spray with a garlic solution as they don't seem to like that either.



camelia yellowing

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 16:53

This is called chlorosis and results from iron and/or magnesium deficiency.

You can fix magnesium deficiency by giving it a foliar feed of Epsom salts 1 tbs/15ml to one gallon/5 litres.  Iron deficiency can be helped by giving it a feed of sequestered or chelated iron which makes it accessible to the roots.    Camellia's cannot take up these two minerals when there is calcium present in the soil or the water so always water with rain or distilled water and give occasional tonic of liquid rose or tomato food to help it make good flower buds each year.

Your top performing MAUVE or PURPLE clematis!

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 11:38

Arabella - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=110 not self clinging so needs guiding round supports or can be allowed to scramble as ground cover.

Etoile Violette - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=26 - vigorous, hardy and flowers for months

Brunette - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=38 turned out not hardy enough for me but lovely

Fireworks - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=171 taking its time to establish in my garden but worth waiting for.

Jackmanii - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=237 common but a good doer

Pagoda - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=237 more subtle

Purpurea plena Elegans - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=237 smaller fussy flowers but hardy and lasts well

Star of India - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=428 luscious velvety flowers

The preisdent - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=428 another common one but a good doer

Rahvarinne http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=535 luscious paired with Nelly Moser

The Vagabond - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=535 

Venosa Violacea - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=585 not hardy enough for my garden but worth trying

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