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What can I grow a border under a tree.

Posted: Yesterday at 07:44

It will depend very much on how dry the soil is, I should think. I have a shady border with a beech hedge behind and some smaller trees and shrubs and grow pulmoneria, hellebores, aconitum, lily of the valley, aruncus, as well as many of the things mentioned above. The sunnier parts will support lupins, and delphiniums and even a paeony (spelling?) although the slugs are a problem, but the real issue is moisture. My clay soil supplies the hedge and the plants but sandy soil might not.

Beautiful red flower ID

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 22:49

It looks like a zinnia to me but Nut will know.

Runner bamboo - how to stop it

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 22:44

We did what DR suggests but we used old slates. You need enough depth - bamboo doesn't go very deep but I should think 12 to 18 inches would be a minimum. Anyway, it worked a treat and kept the clump in shape for years. In the end we dug it out, a mammoth task, but the slates had worked.

horrible little fox

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 22:38

Sorry, it vanished! I meant fearing them, but don't try to make them pets, they are wild animals, not Disney characters.

horrible little fox

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 22:36

I think that in the suburbs, foxes have been half tamed by people leaving litter or even feeding them and a half tamed wild animal can cause problems, which is a great pity. Wild animals are best left wild. Here in the country, we see foxes regularly and they do dig and poo, as described, but they always run away if disturbed and are not frightening in any way. My little Cavalier spaniel used to love chasing them because they never argued, unlike cats. They are absolutely beautiful creatures, they reduce rabbit numbers a tiny bit and I always feel privileged to see them in the garden. I suggest enjoying rather than feari

David Austen roses

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 23:08

Beautiful! I'm really jealous because I can't grow roses and I love them.

From bad to worse

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 23:03

Some peat free compost is really awful. There will be threads on here telling you which is less dreadful but for potted fuchsia I would use a mix of multipurpose and John Innes 2 and mutter a quick apology to the peat bogs.

Help, perennials, everything is dying/wilting!

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:48

Perennials are beautiful but although they flower every year, they only flower for a short time and many need a lot of care to put on that fantastic show. I feel that you may need to do a bit more research and think about what you want to achieve and how much effort you want to put in. However, a few basics:

Your soil is too shallow and may not be suitable for the plants you have chosen. Use multipurpose in the baskets and top soil in the raised beds.

When you plant up young plants, avoid extremes of weather so that they have time to recover and settle down.

Water when the surface is dry. That might be once a week or twice a day, it depends on the weather.

Remove deadheads as often as you can. Many perennials such as delphiniums will then stop flowering until next year and foxgloves flower once and then die, so it's worth finding out about them before you buy.

It's all about learning as you go. I hope you soon enjoy it as much as we do. Good luck!


Posted: 25/07/2016 at 07:49

I only worry if they are in a really inconvenient place, but to be fair, they never last long in my garden because the badgers dig them out and eat all the grubs.

Poor year for geranium cranesbill?

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 07:46

I think it may be the water issue, too because mine have been good. I have chalky clay and I add blood fish and bone in spring and mulch once or twice a year. They grow like weeds and have to be reduced regularly. After flowering, I cut them right down, feed and water and off they go again.

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