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Tree Advice

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 19:06

I love Garrya too, but they can get quite big.   Amelanchier would be my first choice, with pretty white blossom in April, and bronzish leaves until November.   My own is a single-trunk tree, 10 ft tall after 4 or 5 years.   A crab apple is also a good idea.   Good luck.

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 14:44

Great series . . . so glad it's returning this week.


Posted: 05/01/2014 at 14:40

Thanks artjak . . . it is pretty, but doesn't seem to like our garden!

Perlite or Vermiculite

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 17:51

I use Perlite mixed in with seed'n'cutting compost to improve drainage.   Fine grit over seeds seems to work, and I also put grit on my bonsai pots to keep the squirrels at bay!


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 17:33

Hi Higgy, Thanks.   I have a wildflower area too, so might try that.   Our ladybirds will be happy!   I've just looked it up and like it a lot . . . do you grow it from seed, and if so, do you have a reliable supplier??

Thanks Fleurisa:  two good ideas.   I was given Ammi majus by a friend once, and grew it "through" the Cotinus, which helped as it was so tall!

Landgirl - good point about the soil, that would make a big difference.




Posted: 03/01/2014 at 15:53

Many thanks Gardenmaiden!   I tried Cleome one year, but wasn't very successful, and my Camassias don't last very long either (but I appreciate the suggestions);  Cosmos is a great idea, and I will try to increase my white Honesty.   Love the idea of masses of poppies too.   I'm lucky enough to have the shrubs you mention, but my dogwoods have never flowered   -  wrong type of soil apparently.

Thank you nutcutlet - I will look up ericoides Pink Cloud.

Berghill - I looked at Saponaria on Bob Brown's website (Cotswold Garden Flowers) and he says the same as you - very invasive!




Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:39

Thank you landgirl . . . I'll look that one up.   The only Saponaria I have is very low-growing - this one is new to me.


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 13:58

I adore blossom, but it is so short-lived!   To have "blossom" throughout the year, please could anyone recommend any frothy white or pink flowers which are maybe 2ft - 3ft tall.   I do have Sweet Rocket (Hesperis Matronalis) which I love, but what else can I grow?

New to gardening and no idea where to start

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 13:55

Good advice so far.   How about drawing a figure of eight to immediately give shape to the garden?   If there is flat ground in a sunny spot, that will be ideal for your bench and tables.   Plant a pretty tree, e.g. Amelanchier where you can see it from the house, and underplant with evergreens and long-flowering perennials.   Good luck!

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