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Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 18:39

If it's in a pot it will need regular feeding.  Try giving it liquid tomaos feed once a week next year.  i had one in fertile soil in aborder and it grew to 4' in one season and was covered in flowers.  Not hardy enough for my garden though and did not survive winter so watch out for very cold weather being forecast and put some fleece on yours if needs be.

Twisted Willows in Pots

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 11:02

Willows require huge amounts of moisture so the roots will always break through the bottom of a pot to seek it.     Root trimming is a recognised way of contrlling size so yur willow should be OK but do make sure it gets watered regularly and generously throughout the growing season and every day in summer. 

Hedge choices

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 10:59

Given the relatively low height you are after I wouldn't advise yew, beech, laurel, holly  or escallonia.    Box does well kept at 3 to 4' high and so do some small conifers.  i have both in my garden as short hedges.

There is a specialist hedge plant supllier whose website lists the following for low hedges -

Clematis Polish Spirit

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 08:00

I would put it in a bigger pot and keep it in a sheltered spot or greenhouse over the winter.  Plant it out next spring.

If you find it hard to dig a hole near the lilac then the clematis isn't going to establish and thrive easily either so try planting it at the edge of the lilac's crown where the soil will be better and then lead the clematis up into the branches with some strings or canes or an obelisk.

Planting sage and thyme together?

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 07:55

I can't over winter sage or thyme or rosemary in my garden so I now plant new ones each year in a large 60cm wide and deep pot which I keep in full sun.   They've done extremely well this year.   For winter I will either have to bring them in the house or try them in the greenhouse , if I have space.  My bay tree gets brought into the house for winter.

Persicaria Red Dragon

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 07:51

You should be fine down on the coast.   i had one that survived winters down to -15C though it was sometimes slow to recover in spring.  However they don't like it any colder than that and recent winters have been much worse so I lost mine several years ago and haven't replanted.   I tried persicaria virginiana in a shady spot last year and it survived our winter very well - green leaves with a red V stripe.

Talkback: Late-flowering clematis

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 15:20

There are hundreds of late flowering clematis to choose form.  Have a look at this site and enter September in the flowering period then click on Search and you'll get a long list    You can also do a search on colour or height or aspect.

The info available includes the pruning group, flower description, height of growth, flower colour etc.  Another part of the site explains pruning.

All clematis are hungry, thirsty plants.  They need a good soil with plenty of well rotted manure and/or garden compost to enrich it and you can give them a handful or two of specialist clematis food every spring.  They should bever be allowed t oget thirsty, especially in pots.   I give occasional liquid feeds of rose or tomato food between spring and flowering and I dead head Group 2s to encourage a second flush of flowers later in the season.

Having said that, a few of mine have perfomred poorly this year whilst others have been spectacular.  I put it down to stress from a long cold spring and then a hot dry summer so am nurturing them along and hoping for better things next year.


What's happening in my garden!

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 14:58

As all your plants are in pots they are entirely dependent on your for food and water.  In summer, most pots need watering every day to keep the compost from drying out and stressing the plants.

Stressed plants succumb to disease and pests.   Happy, well fed and watered plants fight them off.  Water them well now, soaking them in a bucket if you can until no more bubbles appear, and then keep them watered till they go dormant.  Stand them on pot feet or bricks for the winter so they don't sit in a puddle.

The white stuff is mildew and, as stated above happens to stressed plants.   Mint likes moisture and shade form midday sun.   Dicentra does tend to die back earlier than many plants.   Honeysuckle and buddleia can be cut back next spring as new growth starts and then will need a good feed of slow release food to last them for a few months plus regular weekly liquid feeds of rose or tomato feed to keep them growing and flowering well.

Bin or burn any affected foliage you remove.  Do not compost it.

Can anyone identify this plant?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 14:48

I agree but height does vary according to situation.  After moving mine to more direct sun and less fertile soil they are now about 4' tall.  Before that they were 6'.

Clematis Polish Spirit

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 13:21

It should be fine and you need somethng with a bit of oomph to get to the top of your lilac tree so you can see the flowers.  Just make sure it's not planted too close to the tree as it won't want to compete for nutrients and water.  Give it a good deep hole and plenty of good compost and well rotted manure and plant it a few inches deeper than it was in its pot as this encourages extra shoots.

If it's very small, I would pot it up and look after it with plenty of feed and TLC for another year before planting it out.


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