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What goes with what?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 09:17

I love pink in the garden and have just planted up a whole section of border with shades of pink from pale to deep fuchsia to flower from spring to late summer.   It can sometimes need clear whites or purple shades to set it off and relieve the sugariness and a lot depends on foliage colour and textures too.

However, the idea of gold or lime green is good and would be more modern.  If you have the space, try a shrub such as choisya ternata Sundance whose foliage is evergreen and golden/lime green and which would be happy in shade.   Alternatively, a big fat hosta Sum and Substance would be great but would die back in winter.    Astilboides likes shade and woud give large round, fancy edged leaves and tall, elegant plumes of masses of tiny, white flowers

For a lower plant for front of border, try http://www.finegardening.com/golden-japanese-forest-grass-hakonechloa-macra-aureola%E2%80%99 which sways beautifully in a breeze and likes a shady spot.  Its stems are a pinky purple too so woud pick up with the pinks in your border.  It turns straw coloured in winter and just needs cutting back in spring and given a bit of a feed.   Another possibility would be hosta Gold Edger.

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:26

JOss's will have had time to get their roots down so they can cope with dryness but if happyC's is a recent planting it won't be so settled and will need extra moisture till it does get established. 

I find this white form much harder than the pink and purpley forms to grow well and have just planted my last attempt at getting them established here in good, fertile soil which is well drained but doesn't dry out and with shelter from the worst of the wind.   We'll see.

Talkback: Magnesium deficiency

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:20

Pharmacies and good supermarkets in their medicines section.

However if the tree is already dead, it won't help.

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 16:23

I'd give it a drink.   My best clump of Japanese anemones is growing in a damp bed which is in shade most of the year except high summer for a week or two and then gets sun only after 3:30pm the rest of the year between early April and September.

hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:19

I've just trimmed all mine so no photos.  Sorry.

Geranium phaeum is a bit of a thug here but that's OK as I have plenty of shady spots that need ground cover, it's easy to control and the bees just love the flowers.

Corn Cockle can kill?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:16

It's lovely, and useful if you know what you're doing - http://health-from-nature.net/Water_Dropwort.html

What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:10

Greg S - great looking selection but they won't do in my normal winters of -15C if I'm lucky and more usually -20C and below in Jan and Feb.  I did try it again last year with - ever the optimist - and had a great crop this spring because it was a mild winter but I'd need a polytunnel for normal years.

What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:35

I tried yellow beetroot once but we found them too earthy and prefer the sweeter red ones.   Have grown and loved cavolo nero but it doesn't cope with our usual winters so gets zapped.   When I started our veggie plot I made a whole asparagus bed but it never came to anything cos of the winters.  Ditto globe artichokes.

Jerusalem artichokes do well but Chinese artichokes are a waste of time.   Grew asparagus peas years ago - just the once.  I grew parsnips once but they liked the conditions so much they grew huge whereas we like them smaller and juicier.  

Radicchio does well and so do assorted Chinese greens.   Mizuna was horrible - tough and bitter.

We love purple sprouing but need a mild winter to get a good crop here and those are rather rare.

Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:37

Miscanthus are very hardy but all mine tend to like moisture so might be unhappy in pots where they can get too dry.  You can usually split clumps of grass in spring to propagate them.  They tend to sulk if done in autumn.

This company does some lovely grass seeds and some great perennials and veggies too.  Just click on grasses to see the choices - http://www.plant-world-seeds.com/

 

 

hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:18

My Johnson's Blue has been flowering for months and would have carrie don but I've pulle doff all the flwering stems to let it concentrate on smart new foliage and a new flush of flowers in August/September.

I too planted Rozanne on the corner of a path but it grew so lax that it covered the entire path and then it started swamping its neighbours.   Most of it has now been seen off by a succession of hard winters and then a boisterous hemerocallis swamped what was left after this mild winter.

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