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Posted: 17/08/2013 at 18:26

I would like some ideas for what to plant under a row of smallish trees (apple tree, and a few large shrubs). Currently there are 2 slug eaten hostas and daffs in spring, would like some ferns I think but about red some colour. It's shady and I would like low maintenance thanks 

Cutting back a cherry tree

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 10:48

Thanks guys, Will get cracking this weekend

Cutting back a cherry tree

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 10:04

Our Cherry tree is about 15-20ft tall and needs abut of a haircut! It has produced huge amounts of fruit this year and still has loads on it (no pigeons this year for some reason? Last year they had the lot!) When is best to do it and how do we go about it? Im terrifed of killing it off cos its gorgeous and a real focal point of the garden, but garden is narrow and the tree is starting to eat into ours and next doors space and it getting rather tall!



Stupid question!

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 09:45

They are all new plants planted recently in newly built beds, hence the need to water, we haven't had much rain since they went in!

I watered each one individually last night, took ages but worth it hopefully!

Stupid question!

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 19:27

What is the best way to water plants? Sprinkler, watering can, leaky hose? Other?

Seems silly but I put the sprinkler on the other day and I was worried it seemed to flatten them down? It was one strong.

I have 4 raised beds, some hostas under trees and a couple of pots, the pots I use a watering can.


Got a border, have brought some plants, what now!? help

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:21

That's ok then thanks 

Got a border, have brought some plants, what now!? help

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:50

Thanks for all the replys Just thought I would update after I have planted. I put the coprosma in a separate bed to give it room and will look for friends for it soon!

I put 2 heucheras backed by a lupin in one side of a bed and the other side I put the big stipa and I will get some lavander to circle the stipa I think.

The other bed is the other 2 heucheras and the lupin one one side and on the other is the 2 hebes with the salvia, with the grasses in between the lot. I will see how they come on and how they look together.

How long do they all start to spread out? Looks so bare atm!


Got a border, have brought some plants, what now!? help

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:38

Thanks very much Charlie November, very helpful I did wonder if I needed more of the Salvia but in all honestly I brought those and the lupin because they were 4 for £10 lol, I love the dianthus, thanks for that suggestion. I had planned to put some alliums in too as I love those as well. I dug over one bed today and added a combination of compost I made and a bag of compost to improve it abit, I will leave them to soak then I will have another play aorund with the spacing etc.


Got a border, have brought some plants, what now!? help

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:55

It runs along a fence. I had put the stipa gigantea and the coprosma at the back, then grouped the Hebe and the Heuchera one side and the lupins and salvia the other, wasn't sure if I should intergrate them more? Or put the heuchera and the salvia along the front as its the shortest and then the lupins and hebes in the middle, it just looks odd!

Got a border, have brought some plants, what now!? help

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:11

I have 4 slightly raised borders (sleepers as we are below next doors garden), each 2.4m long and 1m deep in one long row along the fence.

I have been researching what I like and don't like etc for ages and decided today to bit the bullet and buy some plants to at least start me off and I can keep adding as funds allow.

So I brought -

1 Stipa gigantea

2 Stipa tenuissima

1 Coprosma

4 Palace purple heuchera

2 Hebe, the bushier heart breaker

2 white lupins

1 white and 1 pink Salvia

They are currently soaking but I did place them out to get an idea and I have no idea how to arrange them! Do I put them all in one bed or spread them out? How is best to arrange them without it looking odd (which it did when I put them out). I would like a border that has interest all year and is not too difficult to manage, what else would go well with what I have brought?

Any tips greatfully recieved. 

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