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Shockers

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 16:10

...nice hat...

Plants.

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:09

 

...such pretty cottagey plants.. Campanulas... although I choose not to grow any...wisely I hope...preferring tall spires of foxgloves and Hollyhocks instead...or other tender perennials...

...I like to see them in their native environment too... Campanula rotundifolia grows in valleys on the Big Horn mountains in Montana... I have a photo of a meadow of these about 10,000 feet up I think... you can drive up there of course...as you would expect of the U.S...

..for anyone who may be interested...

http://montana.plant-life.org/species/camp_rotund.htm

Day Lilies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:01

...thank you... yes these are so popular in America... daylily country...some garish colours produced that don't always appeal to me...

...they seem able to withstand very cold winters and boiling hot dry summers, which makes them popular in the mid-West - and the Great Plains...an area I have an interest in...

I don't think you can get a white one though...can you..?

Shockers

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 12:21

...lots of shockers over the years, especially if you're used to having a small-ish garden..

Bluebells.. Spanish and Native -nice as they are in the right place.. you might soon have regrets about these...

Euphorbia 'fireglow' and Phygelius I found tiring after a while, with all the runners coming up everywhere..in fact I now avoid everything that ''spreads by underground runners''...

 

Day Lilies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 12:15

...that's the look I enjoy too... cottagey...and with lots going on...a bit of command and control.. to use military terms.. doesn't go amiss here and there...

Day Lilies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 12:02

..I think, as with most perennials, we should try and plant these in groups of at least 3... 7 would be better, but not many of us are prepared to make this sort of space.. otherwise our gardens can look a bit.. bitty..and fussy.. I think we tend to be plant collectors rather than calculated designers... do you agree? that when we go to buy plants we tend to get one of this, one of that, and one of something else, instead of 3 of the same and forget the others...?  very difficult to do that...I find...

...probably had this discussion before but I like this old favourite, from the 1950's I think... 'Crimson Pirate'... what I like are the recurved petals and gaps between... star like...also the colour for me.. needs to be on the red/mahogany side....I also don't object to colour clashes at this time of year, although best viewed when the sun goes down I feel....

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/28235.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 

late summer plants

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 13:39

I don't think you have an awful situation at all but a very promising one but one that can be improved considerably with a bit of diy... I would suggest not by incorporating rich compost or manure but by copious amounts of pea shingle and grit...over and in the thin soil you have there... you will then have good drainage and can plant sun loving mediterranean plants that will thrive... these do not need, and should not be given, rich soil... they exist in impoverished ground....

lavender, cistus, grasses like Festuca...Sedums...sun loving Hebe's...Erysimum bowles mauve..Stipa gigantea... all these would supply you with later colour right through... drainage is the key...not rich soil....in my opinion and all can be planted as very small little plants, so no real hard work in having to dig great pits... 

Mystery grass please help identify

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 13:31

well... I think that it is... I've seen it over the years at Wisley used as an annual infiller..

it only grows to about a foot high.. as it seems in the photo...

Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 11:59

...I'm not trying to encourage you to go, but you might like to visit Hardy Tropicals UK which is another forum and see what you can pick up from there... information wise that is...

if I was to choose just 3 readily available, none too expensive and hardy enough for where you are I would go for... Fargesia clump forming bamboos - Rufa especially... Pittosporum Tobira and Euphorbia x pasteurii, which is a new plant and more luxuriant in leafage than Mellifera..but very similar otherwise.. can be grown from seeds too...

lots of foliage there to get stuck in to...see what you think...

Mystery grass please help identify

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 11:46

..can't enlarge it, but looks like Hordeum jubatum, an annual or short lived perennial grass... have a look at that one and see what  you think...

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