Steve the Gardening Vet


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Problem bed...

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 16:58

Oh and I didn't mention that previously that bed managed the impossible. It killed a Clematis Montana...

Problem bed...

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 16:57

Do the religious need special kitchens..?

Problem bed...

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 23:07

Seriously tho, I though peony were fussy sods? I do have a couple elsewhere in the garden and they seem to be well.

Problem bed...

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 23:03

Oh the grasses do well, usually from the lawn invading it as fast as I can dig it out!

Problem bed...

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 22:54

I created a bed in the garden a few years ago and have struggled to keep it anything resembling pretty and planted nicely!


It sits in a part of the garden that misses out on early morning sun, then can get baked right through until sunset. In winter, with heavy rain it can get a bit boggy and once flooded for a week...


The success stories are hydrangea panniculata, dogwood, some sort of small conifer that I lost the label for, a smoke bush, a phygelius, hostas (I know, there is some shade from a pergola and they seem to love it!) and a spurge that grows like bloody wildfire. A couple of roses too seem quite happy. Feature plant is a flamingo salix.


I'm tempted to grub most of it out and go with roses as they seem happiest, I'd welcome opinions. Very little that is evergreen seems to like it there!

Last edited: 07 May 2017 22:55:41

Purple and blue

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 21:21

I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned Perovskia and Nepeta (in all sizes)

Spanish slugs

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 22:53

I'm sure brexit supporting gardeners will deal with them...

Nepeta - catmint

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 22:45

I planted a couple of new ones last year, one of the local cats loved one of them in particular and regularly flattened it but it has come back quite nicely this spring!

Fruit Trees

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:46

This is why I now have a second pear tree in the garden and they were both in bloom together so I am hopeful...

Pearl Bush?

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 21:51

Just to report, it is back in leaf and covered in white flowers!

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