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planting Hawthorh from cuttings

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 13:36

We have a very good stretch of hawthorn hedge planted as a single row of whips 10 years ago.  We prepared the ground well and trimmed them back to 9" after planting in late November.   They grew 6' in their first year.   We pruned them back again to about 3' to thicken them up and now keep the whole hedge about 6' high.   It makes an excellent wind break for that part of the garden and provides food and shelter for birds and insects.

You'd get a similar effect form sowing seeds but it would take just a bit longer and you'd have to weigh up the cost of seed trays and pots and compost against the cost of the whips.

Jet Washers

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 12:31

OH bought one of those attachments for us too.  Very pleased with himself for getting it a good reduced price - except our terrace and front paths are old granite setts so not flat enough.   Doh!

Jet Washers

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 11:28

Karcher here too.

Planting roses

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 21:29

Bury it about 2 inches/5cms below soil level.

Can you get a Bay Plant?

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 12:29

Yes.  Just look around in garden centres although it's probably the wrong end of the season for them.   Some supermarkets have them in their fresh herb section.

The smaller plants can be kept bushy simply by removing leaves as you need them for cooking or you could remove lower leaves and gradually make a pom pom shape and grow more prostrate horizontal herbs such as thyme below.  That's what I've done but I have to bring it in over winter as they freeze to death outside in my winters whether in pots or in the ground.

Baby Memorial Garden

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 17:05

I have a very exposed garden that gets colder than Yourkshire so can recommend a few clematis.  You can check their details - flower, size, pruning group on this site -

Nelly Moser; Rhavarinne, Blue Angel (Blekitny Atholl), Alba Luxurians, Omoshiro, Huldine, Etoile Violette, Little Nell, Princess Diana, Red Ballon, Red Robin, Arabella, Chrystal Fountain.

For perennials, have a look at phlox, echinops, aconitums, phlomis, chelone, hemerocallis, hostas, grasses such as hakonechloa, miscanthus, carex, molinia, asters, physostegia, astilbes, Japanese anemones, peony...

For shrubs, have a look at coloured stemmed cornus such as alba sibirica and Midwinter fire.  They need to be pruned back hard every spring or two to maintain tehir colour so won't get too big.   Consider evergreens such as variegated holly which is slow growing and can be pruned to shape.  

Go and have alook at Harlow Carr for ideas and get a soil test kit so you know whether the soil is acid, neutral or alkaline.  Add plenty of well rotted garden compost or manure too improve fertility and drainage then get planting.  Bit late this year but don't forget bulbs like snowdrops and daffs for early spring colour.


Quick screening fix needed

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 15:13

Rambling Rector is rampant and thorny but not as thorny as Kiftsgate.  I think you should do a bit of research on rose selling sites such as David Austin, Peter beales and Harkness.  You can also ask for advice from them.  I have done this with David Austin in the past.

I'd still go for the liquidambar but would get the old stump removed first.   Save an RR for another situation where he can have free rein over a pergola or trellis or even a wall.  

Friends of mine had one trained to cover a 2 storey house wall and it also grew over a pergola which was 10' high, 12 feet wide and 2 car lengths deep over the entry to their garden.   Like I said, it gets huge and needs a lot of training and support if you don't have a handy conifer or large tree to hold it up.

Quick screening fix needed

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 12:28

beware Mrs G.  Any tree that puts on rapid growth is likley to turn out to be a monster so go for beauty and a bit of patience instead.   Your local GC or nusery might have a liquidambar at a competitive price.   They soon grow if given the right conditions at planting time -


Quick screening fix needed

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 11:25

I would suggest removing as much of the trunk aspossible, especially if it is diseased orrotten.

I would then consider somethink like a liquidambar which will grow tall but not have too wide a spread at the base and will give fabulous foliage colours in spring and autumns and good leaf form in between.   As it matures, you can raise the canopy by removing lower branches if you want to plant beneath it.

Rambling Rector is good but can only ramble high if he has supports.  Otherwise he will swamp neighbouring plants as he's very vigorous.

Garden planting

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 09:54

Most grasses require full sun to do well though some will cope with partial shade.   This one is tall and can take some shade - Carex forms are shorter and can also take some shade.

Have a look at other grasses on the RHS Plant selector site but you'll probably have to find something else for deep shade. 

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