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Can anyone tell me what this shrub might be?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 16:55

The Pittosporum is the one with green  leaves edged white in centre of pic 2.

The one  referred  to in pic 1 to left of bench, clipped ... need a good close up to show details to even begin to id it.

Blind bulbs

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 14:18

Try digging oneor two up.

Check for firmness.

Cut in half and check for maggots.

We had this problem but it was caused by very healthy  bulbs just being too congested.

They needed lifting and replanting with more room.

Small evergreen shrubs/ small plants

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 13:21

My pleasure.

A pic is so much easier to id any plant.

Yes. Grow both these plants.

Evergreen shrubs are very useful in any garden.


The Gaultheria procumbens spreads and never grows more than a few inches tall.

Pieris get taller.

Hope you have acidic soil.

Loking for a Fuchsia

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 14:51

There are 3 others listed.

 Maybe they do mail order on the RHS link above by nutcutlet.

Just type in the name.


Loking for a Fuchsia

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:51

The RHS Plant Finder list ...Little Brook Fuchsias as selling Fuchsia "Dorothy"

It is in Aldershot which is not too far from you.


Cephalanthus occidentalis (Button willow, Honeyballs)

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 17:31

Yes we grow it.

Not spectacular.But interesting.

Needs moist soil.


Edgworthia shubs

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 09:32

We grow this beautiful shrub.It is one of my favourites.

It has survived the past few years of cold winters with frost and snow unprotected in South Wales.

The flowers are just starting to open now 18th February.

It needs moist well drained humous rich loamy soil, in full sun or dappled shade.

The new growth  always  grows with 3 new shoots with the flowers on the end of the branches.

The branches are amazingly flexible. Should you wish they could be tied in a knot. No idea why you would want to do this!

In Japan the bark is made into high quality paper.

I have seen a limited edition book of Botanical drawings printed on paper made from Edgeworthia chrysantha.

berry colour

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 11:19

 sueB...Berry colour does not change from one year to another.

Could it possibly be a grafted shrub.

There is a yellow berried Cotoneaster called C. Rothchildianus which is semi evergreen and has a lax habit.

Could this have been grafted on to a red berried Cotoneaster hence the change of berry colour?

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