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Help please - dying plants

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 20:19

hi everyone, I wonder if anyone can advise - I have a sracocca confusia which is dying - leaves dying off from bottom upwards. The nearby siracocca hookerina looks reasonably healthy but is developing one or two yellowing leaves - I hope that isn't dying too. The plants are about 4-5 years old. Also, close to them are two well established pachysandras. The one closest to the siracocca is fine and thriving but the one slightly further away has almost died - almost overnight!☚ī¸ Has anyone any idea what is happening, should I remove and replace the dying plants or is there something nasty happening in the whole area. All other plants there look fine.

any advice gratefully received. Thank you, 

Where to start

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 10:40

Hi everyone, thanks for your fast responses - it seems I need to be patient for a while longer. Thanks for the tips, think I will probably try plug plants first then try seeds next year when I may have a little more time. In the meanwhile I will have to be content looking through magazines / catalogues to decide what to order. 

Marygold - thanks for the wind warning, I have a wooden grow house so hopefully that won't blow away! - although I have had to fix a catch to the door as the magnet didn't hold it in the wind. 

Where to start

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 21:46

hi everyone

I have been given a small growhouse for Christmas, can't wait to start using it but - where and what to start with? Thought of starting plants for my hanging baskets but do I start with seeds or plug plants? When should I start planting anything to keep in it? 

really grateful for any suggestions

Hedge query

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:24

Thanks - will do! 

Hedge query

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 09:40

Many thanks everyone - lots to think about - still undecided but considering everyone's ideas and will see what the 'tree people' say next week ( need them to do the removal at least) . 


Hedge query

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 08:21

Hi everyone, thanks for your suggestions, not sure about beech though as the rest of the garden are shades of green not brown although I agree it could look nice. Top soiled - what did you mean about 'laying' a native hedge after a few years? 

Having seen Love Your Garden last night - has anyone had experience of the mixed native hedging blocks that were shown? 

Hedge query

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 20:49

Hi, we have a leylandi hedge which we have kept approx 6ft tall. Last year it started to die in places, we were advised that it was a disease and the dead patches have really spread to the point now that we are looking at replacing the hedge completely. The question is - what should we replace it with? We don't want anything that will grow to more than 5ft and nothing too wide as it is between ourselves and the neighbors and cars get parked alongside. We also  want something evergreen and that will reach the desired height quickly. Has anyone any suggestions please? Many thanks


Budleja dying

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 21:19

Thanks for your reply, if I replace is there anything I can do to prevent this happening again and are any nearby plants or new plants likely to be affected by this? 

Budleja dying

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 20:41

hi everyone. I have a well established budleja - at least 20years old which has always flowered well. Last year it appeared that the trunk had Ben attacked and there was a pile of 'sawdust' at the base. I treated it with pesticide and it continued to grow and flower. This year I pruned it as usual, half of the plant seemed dead but the rest of it started to grow as usual with leaves developing well. Last week though all the leaves have suddenly withered and are falling off. Is this just a result of old age? Can I just cut it right down and will it regrow? If I replace with another budleja will I have any problems? Am grateful for any advice


Posted: 22/04/2012 at 09:47

Hi everyone - many thanks for your speedy responses - will try taking cuttings as suggested.

Italophile - I don't know if they are English or French - garden was landscaped / replanted etc 5 years ago (before then not interested in gardening) by a 'gardening design company' (the company could not be contacted after they had finished and then we heard had gone bust) A they finished, I  asked and they gave me a rough list of some of the plants they put in and I have had to learn as I've gone along since then but now spend hours gardening even though I'm not sure what I'm doing!

Once again thanks to all for your replies

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