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Clematis in pot.

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 10:07

Mushroom compost has the lime content.  Pelleted chicken manure is a good general fertiliser.


Posted: 08/06/2012 at 16:02

I grow hostas in my borders after getting fed up of a) watering so many pots b) keeping them waterd when away and c) OH complaining about having to carry so many big pots into shelter every autumn and out again every spring.

I use the wildlife friendly slug pelllets and they're fine with birds and the dogs and the cats. Offspring old enough to know better and has no interest in the garden anyway.

Clematis in pot.

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 12:06

My ophiopogums do best in well drained soil and lmine is naturally very fertile being ex cow pasture.  I don't feed them specifically but do scatter pelleted chicken manure on all my beds in spring.   I grew them in a gravel bed on clay soil in my previous garden and they were deleriously happy and spread very well.

You can use the Plant Selector on the RHS website to look up specific cultivation needs for plants or just google plant name+cultivation.  I'm afraid I can't help you with erythroniums as I've never seen any to buy here.

Talkback: Native versus non-native plants

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 12:01

Last October I had 4 different types of bee plus hoverflies and a tortoiseshell butterfly on one single sedum spectabile plant.  The bees also love echinops ritro.

Clematis in pot.

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 14:18

Jean- ophiopgon should look good but as mine is about to flower soon I would wait till autum to start transplanting or it'll get too stressed.  May also be a bit short to hide bare clem legs.

At what stage to shape a box hedge to create a par terre

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 14:15

Barbie2 - glad to be of help.

Lorraine - Mine are planted 9 inches apart.  It's an easy distance for me - the span from thumb tip to little finger tip and also the length of my trowel.

Clematis in pot.

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 10:46

Clematis are very hungry and thirsty plants so be prepared to feed and water regularly during the growing season and alo protect the roots form freezing in winter as they are more exposed to frost in a pot above ground.

You could underplant with pelargoniums for the summer or for a permanent planting try evergreen grasses such as forms of carex buchananii or blue fescue.   other than that, any hanging basket subject such as trailing lobelia or petnuias would do well but would need replenishing each year.

However, I personally would choose a mulch of slate or gravel with occasional applications of wildlife friendly slug pellets to get the nasties that might eat young clem shoots.


Woody rhubarb

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 13:12

Assuming you are seeking advice , I would suggest it is short of moisture.  Ours was woody last year when we had a very dry spring.  This year it's very juicy.

It may also be that your plant is getting old and needs to be lifted and divided and reinvigorated with generous helpings of well rotted manure but that should be done in autumn or spring and not now.


Posted: 06/06/2012 at 08:21

Should have added that my robinia was planted before the disease was widely known.  It's turned out to be brittle in high winds so lost part of its head a few years ago but is otherwise doing fine now that I've thinned its crown.

If and when it succumbs I'll probably plant a gleditsia.


Posted: 06/06/2012 at 08:17

The trick seems to be moisture.  Mine is in full sun from mid May to mid July when the sun is high enough to get over the house but the soil is moist because it's the lowest part of my garden other than the natural pond.  However it doesn't drown in winter because it's planted up against the edge of the terrace and its footings.  They seem to like fertile soil with loads of compost in it too.

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