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Ornamental trees

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 00:01

Liquidambar for fabulous spring and autumn foliage and magnolia if your soil is right and you are not exposed to heavy spring frosts that will spoil the magnolia flowers.

Cercidiphyllum japonica smells of caramel at this time of year and has good autumn leaf colour.   



Geum Totally Tangerine

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 23:31

Living where you do Busy, you should be able to acquire a machine called a détaupeur at your local garden centre.   Google it for a demo video.

When to cut back hemerocallis foliage pre Winter

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 23:27

Hemerocallis need to be divided regularly or they become congested and lose flower power.   They are very forgiving and can be done now.   

Water the clump thoroughly and leave for an hour then dig up as much as you can and split it with your spade or a bread knife depending on how big and thick the roots are.   Replant in small clumps in the ground or in pots if you want spares for swaps or insurance.   Trim the leaves back to about 6" to reduce moisture loss while the roots recover.

Overwhelmed re: front garden bed design

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 11:16

Lavenders like well drained alkaline soils so I wouldn't advise those if your soil is acid.   You could try salvias if you want the blue flowers but you won't get the perfume.

Other evergreens to think about are viburnums such as Eve Price which flower in late winter/early spring tho all mine died in a very cold -25C for weeks winter.   Then choisyas (mexican orange blossom), eleagnus and mahonia which will provide different foliage colours and forms and perfumed yellow flowers if you go for mahonia Charity.

Pyracantha will provide spring blossom, autumn berries and evergreen foliage and, when mature, shelter for birds.   You could use topiarised forms of box or yew if you want formality.

As far as I know, Arts and Crafts is all about geometry in garden paths and structures, softened by planting so I'm not sure your lovely curvy path fits the style.   Try having a good google for info or visit the local library to get design ideas.

Whatever you do, get the soil right before you plant.  Work in plenty of well-rotted garden compost/manure/soil conditioner first as this will provide the conditions for nutrients and beneficial micro-organisms which will benefit your plants.

Geum Totally Tangerine

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 10:28

We had hot and dry for several weeks here Busy and a drought situation which saw some of the bigger perennials and an acer suffering but no geum losses.  I don't have TT but I do have many other geums and they just trucked on regardless and bulked up enough to be split to give them more room.

Have you checked for vine weevils or maybe some critter tunneling under their roots and leaving them hanging dry?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 22:05

Yesterday I spent a short spell clearing weeds and harvesting surprise potatoes from a veggie bed that is becoming a nursery bed whilst I clear some serious weeds form the garden.   Split and plated some hemerocallis there.

Today I spent 6 hours out there plantng lots of baby PSBs and some strawberry babies then clearing a sheltered, south facing bed of weeds and moved some anchusas to another bed where their size is more appropriate.  Pulled out some verbascum phoenicum and faded aquilegia, moved some peonies and hellebore around to give them more space and filled the gaps with a  deep red potentilla.  Found lots of bunched up, over crowded bundles of white muscari and snowdrop bulbs so split them and re-planted them.

Cleared a load of excess pink geraniums from another bed and planted a new white rose and the anchusas.    Potted up spare anchusas and hellebores.

A good day's work but knackered now.

Before and afters

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 13:59

Well done DD.  I love white in shady patches.

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 13:57

Thanks Nut.  Jo - no, it's deep pinky purple according to the pic she's shown me.

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 13:14

Thanks both.   The spot I'm thinking of is next to the cow pasture and downwind of the rest of the garden so smell not a problem.

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 11:21

I have been offered some of this plant.  Does anyone know it and should it it come with a warning for invasiveness?  

I have a well drained sunny spot which should suit it but don't want a thug.

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