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Plant ID

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 10:56

..possibly Brugmansia suaveolens... or Hibiscus rosa-sinensis.. but I think Brugmansia...

..has it not flowered at all?

Rose bed ideas

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 00:04

..for non-flowering foliage colour I use Stachys lanata 'Silver Carpet', this runs along the edges of my rose border...

...I mix with Geranium 'Cambridge'.. mauve flowers over a long season during June/July....

...perhaps something like these might interest you...?


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 22:44
waterbutts wrote (see)

The way the NHS is going we soon will find ouselves in aisle 18  in Tesco's waiting for a hip operation. at the checkout.....Cashback?


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 22:16



Posted: 22/08/2013 at 09:58

..they're Box plants...Buxus sempervirens...

one thing I would not do is replace with Leylandii..

..they are slow growing however if you can be patient they make, what I think, is the very best small hedge... about 4 foot by 3 foot width.. over time... of course you may be impatient for this..

..they would benefit greatly by having the grass and weeds surrounding them..removed, mulched and fed in Spring... but can remove the grass anytime...that's what I would do, to speed things up... but they are slow.. later on you would appreciate that modest growth...


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 18:34

Houttuynia Cordata... invasive, but pretty white flowers...


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 08:30

..yes it's a different variety... I think the only way to get them is to buy containerised or bare root plants, - bare root obviously the cheapest... although even then I don't find them to be that cheap... but it's a classic hedging plant.. much used in National Trust gardens and suchlike... for edging their famous beds and borders...  I think they're worth it, if that's the look you are wanting... however, I also like dwarf lavender 'Hidcote' variety... but these need a bit more looking after with trimming...but they seed profusely, - well mine do... so you will always be getting more plants to pot up...


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 11:25

..dwarf box is Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'.. I think you can buy these from most hedging companies online...



Posted: 16/08/2013 at 13:44

..marvellous work there Lyn....


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 13:41 exciting for you... I used to live on the south coast too but now in East Anglia...  this is a small area of my front garden.. all these would grow well on the coast too... plus others I can suggest... do you like shingle beds Andy?  I love them, and I think suitable for coastal plantings...  you can see the Festuca you have in the centre here... I think it's lovely too...

Lavender 'Hidcote' on the left... Sedum 'Autumn Joy'.. other Sedum's... Lavender angustifolia - these grow big, just visible on the right... they get covered with bees, moths and butterflies... I strongly recommend this variety...

other seaside plants.. Hebe's in variety... Phormium.. that's 'Alison Blackman' in shot there... yellow/brown foliage... Thuja 'golden tuffet' little round conifers do so well by the coast...  Cistus in variety... Olearia - any.... Yucca's are good if you don't mind the pointed leaves...aubrietia... Silene maritima 'Robin Whitebreast' is a favourite of mine... the sea campion flowers all summer...Iberis sempervirens...and Dianthus - many varieties.... all these are fairly small plants that fit in, sun/part shade... this border only gets sun from midday onwards.... you could even plant a rose.. that's one called 'Diamond' towards the back... flowers all summer.. no scent and thorny but I don't mind that in this location...

personally I don't bother with Buddleias... they grow huge and I don't have the room... lots of other plants here get all the flutterers that we like to see... have a lovely time planting it up....


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