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Flower bed

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 13:44

I've done a PH test of the soil using litmus paper and it looks to be neutral, was hoping it to be more acidic (around 6) but there you go. Prior to buying any plants which is more likely going to be after winter now what should or could I do in order to make the soil more acidic? Am I best to mix something into the soil now to increase its acidity or is it enough to use a bit ericaceous compost in the hole when planting the shrub/plant (would this work long term?). 

Flower bed

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 17:46

thanks again for the input, I've had a thought and been to a garden centre and all though they didn't have what I was looking for I've picked up some ideas. the area is actually bigger than what I thought after measuring it I've found it to be 3mtr X 5.3mtr and I'm thinking of having mixed heurchers in the middle with different colour heathers around them. Having some rhodendrons in each corner and some hosts whirlwinds. Also thinking of veronica spicata (blue, red, white and pink) and some Pulmonata single hurst and tricystis lily. And the bonus is all these plants like acid so im going to check the ph of the soil and make it more acidic if needed. so a variety of colours and blooming times. I've done a sketch of my plan below. Will have some of the other suggestions (bigger dudes) else where in the garden when I get round to it. What do you think of the below plan? Too much or just right


Flower bed

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:29

Thanks for the info Wakeshine, to be fair the only reason I was thinking of having a hydrangea is that my dad is growing me one but I'm sure I can find somewhere else for it or even put it in a big pot. I like the idea of having lilies, my partner loves them. I suppose the problem is that there is that many plants and flowers out there each with good points and bad and to chose around 6-8 of the hundreds is a hard decision. So far I'm thinking lilies (White), fuchsia (Pink), Azaleas (orange)

Flower bed

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 13:05

Hi


Thanks Verdun, I would prefer to go to a Garden centre and see things in real life but its easier to look on the internet, I'm not sure of any centres close to me other than B + Q and can't see them stocking much variety. Yes agree about Lavender, you can't see it but in the picture I have a Lavender boarder at the back fence and I've just given them there trim for the year and potted 150 cuttings to finish the rest of the board as I would like it all the way around the garden. Agree about the hedge and that is why I wanted space between them so that you can admire them individually, I would like different colours to make the ever greens stand out, I do find fuchsias lovely in colour. I've never done a PH test of my soil. I think dwarf shrubs are probably the way to go, I've seen a Azalea (http://www.jparkers.co.uk/azalea-diamond-orange) that grows to 1mtr heigh x1 mtre wide over 10 years, so could possibly have two shrubs that kind of size at the front and 2 more at the back and then a smaller one in between (6 plants in total). 

Flower bed

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 09:02

Hi all


Yes pictures below of the area, it is about 5 metres away from the house so it is in the shade at some point in the day. I've also put a drawing of an intial thought, I like the idea of having some evergreens, maybe a row of shrubs on the back then some flowing perennials and then as tall trees suggested placing annuals to fill the gaps. Tall trees you say the bedding gaps will get smaller each year the shrubs grow but can't I just prune the shrubs to keep them at a certain size. Thanks for the responses so far and some of those plants I've googled look good, I've got something like the Libertias, but it has orange flowers on it. Agree about the Laurel, it looks fine as it is but if it does go stumpy it will be no good, and as for the miniature conifer my neighbour has one and I liked the look of it, I had some in the garden that were taller than the house and was a job to get down so I wouldn't let it grow above 2ft lol



Flower bed

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 15:59

Hi


I'm wanting to make a flower bed and would be interested for peoples opinion on what flowers/plants/shrubs to use. I was thinking of choosing all hardy perennials that look attractive all year round. I've got a Laurel cutting in there already that is just over 1ft and will probably keep in around that size if not a bit bigger. I was thinking of having a miniture conifer (again 1-2ft), a fuchsia and a Hydrangea. The area is  5ft x 10ft and I would prefer room around each plant as a opposed to it all growing into each other.


I would have annuals as well such as pansies but would prefer to use perennials and shrubs due to not having to replant every year. 


So what other plants would you go for that look good all year round and especially when blooming.

Trimming Young Leylandii

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 22:05

I planted some sixty 1ft leylandii plants in September 2014 with the aim to grow a thick dense hedge. Now that we have had some sun they are starting to grow well but I'm not sure about how to trim them or if I should. I hear that they trimming them in early spring can make the plant send out more side shoots and make it more dense but should I be trimming a young small leylandii or should I wait until it has started to form a hedge and say 4ft tall? I planted them 2ft apart so hopefully they will form a good strong hedge fast. Am I right in thinking that by not trimming them I would be restricting their growth because trimming them sends them into survival mode and can make them grow 3ft a yaer.

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:01

Regarding the stone mulch, is there any particular type of stones I should use? The stone mulch won't hinder the growth of the lavender will it?

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:16

Thanks for all your advice, oh do i put the fertilizer/fish blood etc in the soil a few days before planting the lavender or does it need to sit in the soil for months first?

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:04

thanks Verdun, I will use fish blood and bone fertillser. I was just going to get some seeds from Wilkinsons, I think they are called munstead lavender. Yep I'm groing in pots until big enough and hopefully I will be able to put them outside this year.

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