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Garden makeover - Ericaceous beds

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 15:09

When you say 'lawn beds' are these island beds, that you can walk all the way around?...if so, you would normally plant the tallest plants in the middle and work outwards towards the edges with smaller varieties...

...I've got a small acid bed... I garden on neutral soil that has been amended in this area, but the original soil is still in situ... I incorporate lots of ericaceous compost at planting and top dress annually... I also feed with appropriate granular fertilizer and sometimes liquid feed during summer....  in my view, no need to cart away all what you've got already...

...for an Asian look, north facing... your tallest plants will be the bamboo, but you can also get short dwarfer forms to fill in as you progress outwards...  I would also include some of these, apart from those already mentioned above...assuming you don't live in the Grampians of Scotland...

a Camellia of your choice..

dwarf Rhododendrons, especially the shorter Yakushimanum hybrids,  and Azaleas... you can also get Inkarho Rhododendrons for less acidic conditions..

Pittosporum... whilst these are associated with New Zealand, I find their small crinkly foliage works well in Far Eastern associations.... the variety 'Elizabeth' is especially nice I think...

Pittosporum Tobira is of Asian origin...with large luxuriant leafage... whilst usually recommended for sun, these will grow north facing... I've tried it... a bit less hardy...

Fothergilla, is from Japan and likes acid conditions...

Bamboo... stick with clumpers only - avoid all Sasa, Pseudosasa, Pleioblastus, and most Phyllostachys especially Bisettii... also, Yushania, although a clumper it spreads vigorously.....

none of these below will give you problems...and personally I would stick to some of these only...even so, I wouldn't plant any right next to a boundary fence - a few feet in, as you need all round access -

...for the tallest, I would choose Fargesia robusta 'Campbell... others would be Fargesia 'Rufa Green Panda'... for shorter 'Jumbo' or 'Simba'... this last one is quite short with small dainty leafage...the new shoots rise above the old ones so you get a layered effect...

Chusquea coleou, although from South America might be worth considering..

Borinda papyrifera... if you have a sheltered garden, especially in the West, then I would look at this one... similar to Fargesia, a clumper, but especially nice I think.. it's from Yunnan in China...

..Thamnocalamnus 'Kew Beauty'...

...I might also try a Philadelphus, as these are often of Asian origins... the variety 'Beauclerk' is very good.... they don't always need full sun...

..there are also ornamental grasses for shade, like the Japanese forest grass 'Hakonechloa'...'Molinia' or 'Deschampsia' are others I would consider...

...I do find this type of garden bed to be one of the most expensive... the compost, the lime free grit... the fertilizers... the plants... all usually dearer than normal... but there are lots to choose from....

...have fun...best wishes...

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:53

...mine is in a shadier spot, so no hot colours.... purple Phlox.... Fuchsia 'Genii'....Brunnera 'Jack Frost'..if I can keep the foliage clean... Liriope 'Big Blue' and some half red Imperator...so quite a lot going on there...

Rambling roses

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:06

...of course I should add - you can actually prune it...lol... which wouldn't be a bad idea... but from June 1st to mid July it's quite a sight.... or was...it proved too much for me...

Rambling roses

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:01

...containment is probably the best way for 'Malvern Hills'.. in the open ground, after 4 years, it may look like this.... and this is only half of it... beware if you're thinking of getting it, .... it can take over quite a bit of your fencing...  it can also suffer in a severe winter (severe for us).... it's not totally cane hardy....the whole centre of this was killed off a couple of years ago... but it didn't hold it back...

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/65538.jpg?width=287&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 20:25
Yviestevie wrote (see)

Don't ask me why but I can't stand them. Weird isn't it how some people develop a dislike to particular flowers.  Hate golden rod and broome as well.

..have to say I agree with that... although I do have some, they're in danger of heading to the wheelie bin...

Regular contributers.

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 20:21

...to be honest cowslip, I sometimes think that too, but nowadays we spend much more time on our computers I think, especially at this time of year.... I also find that garden forums can offer a light relief from all the troubles of the world...

...however, I don't think of this forum so much as a gardening forum, it's more of a chat forum with a bit of gardening thrown in... so, maybe not everyone's cup of tea...

New

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 20:11

..that's a nice question..

..about 20 roses that I've never grown before.... some will stay, some may not...we shall see...

...a few perennials, like a new Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'... I wanted this, as it's a natural hybrid found growing along an old Iowan railroad amongst prairie remnant, of which little remains....

...that sort of thing appeals to me...

best wishes...

Hedgehog Rescue

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 21:41

Lancashire Lass, that was marvellous to read, and all credit to you.... best wishes,

Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 18:30

..rather similar to Buttercupdays above there.... mine also tails off usually about June, so it's more of a Spring early Summer note keeping.... photos provide the rest and I have lots of those...

Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 18:20

I do most of my garden shopping online these days, especially for plants...get virtually anything you like delivered to the door, so I no longer need a garden centre for that, although I always look around briefly just in case they've got a plant I'm about to order on the internet... I see garden centres plant sales as supplying the needs of those very new to gardening mostly... or just want something for the summer...

..I do like to see lots of everything else though... including a delicatessen, farm style shop... and outdoor clothing type like Cotton Traders etc.. plus all the accessories... pots, composts, tools etc..  kitchen and homewares too... I like all that..

...not bothered if staff don't know much about plants as I wouldn't be asking their advice in any case, as I will already have done my research,  but if they speak English I'd consider that a bonus...

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