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Evergreen Clematis

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 22:16

Cirrhosa Freckles is evergreen and can flower from Autumn through to Spring

Idea's and suggestios for my front garden please

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 19:44

Rebecca, yes it does sound like it’s north facing, though if it’s like mine, the bottom of the garden – where your fence is – will be more south facing so will get some sun?

I’d agree with Fairygirl about Amelanchier lamarkii. If ever the question of small trees comes up on Gardeners Question Time this is always recommended. And with Wonderboy about checking out the neighbourhood plants and the less is more point.

I’d also add Virbunum bodnantes (Dawn, Deben or Charles Lamont). They all flower from Autumn through to Spring. Lamont doesn’t have the fragrance of the others but throughout the last 2 dire winters we’ve had, mine has flowered cheerily through snow, ice, wet and wind. Can be pruned to suit

Cotinus coggrygria Grace would be my third choice. On a sunny day its translucent leaves stand out like a beacon. Can also be pruned to suit.

I don’t normally like roses but one I have is Rosa glauca. It has lovely glaucus leaves and small delicate pink flowers. It also has rosehips in Autumn which the birds love. It grows like a small tree if left un-pruned

Liquidambar tree

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 18:56

Yes everything's late. How lucky you are Clancy to have a garden big enough to grow this. It's one of my favourite trees

Leaving tulips in the ground

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:09

That might explain mine Punkdoc. Though I'm in the UK, it's a south facing border with very good drainage

Idea's and suggestios for my front garden please

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:53

Could we have a little more information please Rebecca? What aspect is it (N-S-E-W facing)? What type of soil have you got (Acid, alkiline, neutral)? 

Make sure before you buy any tree or bush that you check what it's final size is going to be. This is where Latin names come into their own! Cherry trees for example vary enormously in height and width. I have a neighbour who at some point in the past obvioulsy went along to a garden centre and saw a few nice little trees. They now vary between 15 feet and 30 feet (height and width), nothing else grows and they block out the sun from surrounding neighbours gardens.

Rather than a hedge - which you have to maintain a couple of times a year, why not grow a few small trees, or shrubs along the fence? This will also give you privacy and a mixutre will do more to attract wildlife. 

Leaving tulips in the ground

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:35

I too have mine planted deeply and don't lift them - life's too short to be lifting Tulips every year.

I have several varieties in my front garden and most of them come back year on year. I add chicken manure in early spring and potash after they've flowered. My favourite is Queen of the Night. While many plants collapse in wind and rain this one never does

Bind weed

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:16

I agree with Verdun. I once had a garden full of it and digging it out was the worst thing to do. After 5 years of it increasing triffid-like, I sprayed it with glyphosate. The 2nd year as soon as I saw a shoot I painted it with Glyphosate Gel, and in subsequent years each time I saw a shoot. 

It's a long job but eventually it went.

Garlic - when does it look ready?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:07

Generally around September/October when the leaves die down. I've eaten those scapes. They're B*** hotter than raw garlic!

What veg to grow in my partially shaded greenhouse?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:03

In the past I've grown potatoes in tubs on my patio which is in partial shade and they've done well


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:59

The yellowing leaves sound like it's suffering from lime chlorosis. Even if it's planted in acid soil/compost it will still need an ericaceous feed, especially if it's in a pot.

Lack of flowers, can be due to lack of water (again especially if it's in a pot), overfeeding - too comfortable, or underfeeding. I always give mine a feed in Spring and again in Autumn. Wherever possible the ones in pots I water with rain water

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