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Some plant advice please

Posted: 01/12/2017 at 14:39

Many thanks for all your advice and that particular Philadelphus looks a lovely plant. I’m not sure I’ll plant it in the space in the front garden but will definitely plant one or more in the back garden as it would be great to have the scent. I’ve been thinking about planting a Berberis as suggested by Borderline so just looking at different options now but it’s good to have different suggestions all gratefully received.

Some plant advice please

Posted: 30/11/2017 at 14:21

 Thanks again Borderline and also Fairygirl. The soil appears to be fairly free draining and quite easy to dig but unfortunately not acidic as I would love to plant a Rhododendron in the bed but obviously it wouldn’t do well there. 

I was thinking something about a metre high if possible. I agree about Abelia Grandiflora as I have quite an old one planted on the other side of the garden which is magnificent and fortunately has survived some brutal pruning by someone! Choisya is worth thinking about I think and there seem to be quite a few different types available now.  Viburnums are excellent too but maybe a bit big for the bed I think.

You‘ve both given me some good suggestions so I’ll have a think about those before I decide. I think in the meantime I’ll prepare the bed and leave to settle for a while before planting. 


Some plant advice please

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 16:19

Thanks for your advice Borderline. On reflection & as the site in question is quite exposed I think I won’t plant the Magnolia there as I really don’t want to lose it.

I’ve searched the internet for a small hardy shrub but they normally say ”plant in sheltered site” so I think it’s back to the drawing board again! I’m sure there must be a shrub that would do well in that position but it’s just finding it-so my search goes on................

Some plant advice please

Posted: 28/11/2017 at 13:49

I meant to sent this photo to show part of the front garden. Would really appreciate some advice please.

Some plant advice please

Posted: 28/11/2017 at 13:46

Hello all you great gardeners out there! 

I haven’t posted on here for a while as we moved house last year and I’m just getting to grips with the garden-too many indoor jobs I’m afraid!

My problem is that in the front garden I have several trees and one dead Magnolia Stellata (a plant I really like) but I think that the site is too exposed for it being that there are fields on two sides and being in the East Midlands it’s pretty windy here. I would really like to plant another Magnolia Stellata where the old one has died as I’m not sure that the dead one was planted with any care (someone else did it for me but I didn’t see if any roots were lifted with the old plant!) Do you think I should have another go with a new plant or can anyone suggest something low growing preferably evergreen if possible but not essential?

Gardening tips

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 14:36

Hi Everyone

Not sure if I’m on the correct thread but I would be grateful to receive some advice from all you clever gardening types out there please!

We moved house last year and I’m just getting to grips with the garden (too busy with indoor stuff for a while) The front garden is exposed with fields on two sides. It is mainly lawn with several trees and one dead magnolia Stellata as a specimen plant on its own! I would really love to replace it with the same as I really like this plant but think it might be too exposed. Does anyone have any ideas as to what plant would be suitable-something low growing but ok for exposed site? It is south west facing with lots of afternoon sun. Would appreciate your help please.

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:50
Have just read this thread and feel very envious of your visit to Beth Chatto tomorrow! When we lived in Essex we visited the beautiful garden quite often and absolutely loved it and the nursery there-felt like a kiddie in a sweet shop! Hope the weather is good for you all-enjoy your day.

Welly boots

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 19:09
That should've been a pound sign NOT question marks!

Welly boots

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 19:08
I only wear wellies in the bad weather, the rest of the time I wear lightweight gardening clogs that you can buy at most garden centres ( I noticed that Wilkinsons are now selling them) they come in all colours and are ??6.99 - how do crocs compare with that price?

Welly boots

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 18:34
Ok I give in, guess I'll have to buy some crocs then!
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