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Shady Side of the patch

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:53

Salad leaves do well in shade and so do herbs like chervil as full sun just burns their  leaves and makes them tough.  Other herbs such as coriander, chives and golden marjoram will do well on your shady side.  Rocket has a tendency to bolt if grown in full sun so is another good plant for shade and greens such as kale will do fine.  Swiss chard should be fine too but maybe just a touch smaller than plants grown in full sun but that's fine in a family veg plot.   Asian greens such as pak choi should love it.

Help making feed for plants

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 15:56

Nettles are full of nitrogen so good for leafy plants.   Comfrey makes good feed for flowering and fruiting plants as it has more potassium.

I haven't tried it yet but I'm told that even mare's tail makes a good feed.  Just needs a bit longer to break down. 

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 14:33

Yes, but I now know about hardy clems for all aspects and have quite a list of goodies.   My favourite supplier here gives températures of hardiness on his labels so I now buy nothing that doesn't say -25C.

I've also discovered that Guinée and New Dawn roses which I used to have in there do not like that much cold and curl up at -20C.  However Generous Gardener, Teasing Georgia, Gertrude Jekyll, Queen of Sweden, Sceptr'd Isle and Kiftsgate are fine elswehere in the garden where it isn't quite so exposed. 

Evergreen viburnums, eleagnus, mahonia and choisya don't like extreme cold either but deciduous viburnum is fine.  

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:59

Thanks.  It is a north wall with plenty of light as there are no neighbouring buildings or trees and it gets some sun after 3:30 between the equinoxes.  However it also suffers from brutal winds and severe frosts down to -32C in Jan 2009 but normally -20C in an average winter.   This mild winter we've just had means all the plants in there are very happy and about a month ahead of usual schedule.

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 11:08

I have 2 clematis growing on my back wall, north facing and planted in a mix of rubble from when it was a farm and builder's rubble from our renovations.  I dug out a big hole as Salino advises but for two of them I also made a raised bed by making a square U with roofing beams and filling it with good garden compost mixed with some potting compost.    

This gives the extra depth and fertility the clematis need and also supports a Falstaff rose.  I've planted spring daffs and alliums plus hardy geraniums in one and hosta Fire on Ice in another and mulched the whole lot with chipped bark.  These were done late autumn 2012 and all the plants are very happy.  The clems are a Minuet and a Caerulea Luxurians.



Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:15

My Arabella is lilac/mauve and is supposed to get to 2 metres - but I find that with each successive year it gts a bit bigger and produces more and more flowering stems that sprawl about as it is not self clinging.  I love it and it does flower for a long time.   It's also very hardy and copes with seriously cold winters.  Mine is planted in good soil in a hot, sunny bed and scrambles happily through a purple leaved cotinus.




Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:33

No.  Just make sure you get the planting soil and depth right and keep them watered and fed regularly.   Never let them dry out but don't let them sit in a puddle either.   Expect them to take a year or so to settle in and start really performing well.

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 09:22

Montanas are beautiful for a couple of weeks in spring but tend to need a whole house or lots of trellis or a long pergola as they are so vigorous.   There are smaller clems with a longer flowering period that will be far better suited to obelisks.

Climbing plants or clematis for pot and obelisk

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:12

The evergreen clems tend to flower in winter or early spring and then look dull the rest of the year so need to be planted as a backdrop to other plants that carry on the display the rest of the year.

Clematis are hungry and thirsty plants with lots of thick, fleshy roots so your pots will need to be deep enought to let their roots grow and have access to plenty of food and water which will mean frequent waterings and feeding over the growing season.

Have a look at this site and research flower colours, flowering periods and also a suitable height for your obelisks.

Bolting rubarb

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 09:29

Just cut off all the flowering stems as and when they appear.  Water well and give them a liquid feed as a tonic.  Mulch generously with some good garden comost or well rotted manure after the plants have had a good soaking.   Give them another good mulch in autumn when the crowns have died down.

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