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Encouraging Quicksilver to grow bushy instead of straight up

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 12:22

I've taken another picture so you can see the plant better...

 It seems to have a few stems coming off the main trunk...  should I cut the main trunk off to just above the bottom 3 stems?  This means i'll be chopping off about 1/2 the tree...

Encouraging Quicksilver to grow bushy instead of straight up

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 13:17

Hi,  I've recently planted a 5L Eleagnus Quicksilver and the info on the tag says it's a small tree or lareg shrub... I'd love to grow it as a bushy shrub rather than forming a tall tree and read that I can use a technique called 'stopping'.

Before I do anything to it, is it correct to cut off the top few inches of all the long stems?  I assume this will encourage new branches/stems to form lower down?  I've attached a's the tallest plant in the border.


new border for boring garden

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 13:07

 Decided to bite the bullet and plant my eleagnus quicksilver by the fence.  So far my new plants seem very happy.  I've alreday had some butterflies and bees buzzing about so am really pleased, am looking forward to seeing them all grow...

Does anyone else..........

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 20:33

I am fairly new to gardening,  but just chuck it in.  Last years compost was a bit green and wet but that was because I foolishly just chucked in grass clippings and the odd bit of newspaper!  I emptied it out and mixed it up with small wood chippings to get it going again.  Can I scrunch up sheets of newspaper paper and chuck in rather than spending ages ripping it up into small pieces?

new border for boring garden

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 08:30

Hi all,  I've made loads of progress and have finally got some plants in my new border, so far I've put in a buudleja sungold, winged spindle and nandina domestica which all seem quite happy so far.  My 5L eleagnus quicksilver arrived yesterday so i'll be planting it at the weekend along with a deutzia pulchara and choisya, will post a picture at the weekend!

I note the quicksilver grows up to 4m height and 4m spread but can be kept shrubby if pruned, it'll be near the back of the house approx 1m in front of my boundary fence and 2m away from my decking (to give some privacy from the neighbours).... am I making hard work for myself to keep it pruned to approx 2-2.5m? 

As it has scope to grow large should I plant it further away from the house and fence...maybe at the end of the garden?  I don't want to upset my neighbours by growing a massive tree along the fence but at the same time i'd like some privacy!

new border for boring garden

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 20:29
Where can I buy composted bark from? The garden centres only seem to sell the chipped stuff...

new border for boring garden

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 13:31

Thanks for the feedback, am really excited to get cracking.  I think I’ll leave the acer in its pot near the choisya and see how it fares in that position... do you think there will be any issues with direct sun scorching it?  I guess if it’s sheltered between plants it may be ok...

Salino, yes totally agree about the path it’s on my list of things to remove... installed by the previous owners, it’s totally uneven and leads right up to the middle of the shed!  It’s awful.  I intend to put in a more practical path at some point in the future when I work out where and how I want it flow...

new border for boring garden

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 20:15

Photos from last summer.  The area along the fence with the top section of trellis is where I have now dug the new border, approx 2 panels long and 2m width... will post another photo later.

The acer tree in the bottom corner of the picture is in a ceramic pot but I have no idea where to best place it... and too scared to plant it in the ground in case i either kill it or can't move it later on!!


new border for boring garden

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 20:07

Hi everyone, I've finally manged to make some progress with my garden and would appreciate your thoughts before I actually get planting!

I've established that my garden is south-east facing and soil is slightly acidic to neutral PH 6.5-7.0.

So far I've resisted the urge to visit the garden centre and but lots of lovely shrubs and have patiently dug a border by removing the top layer of turf (stacked grass side down elsewhere) and will dig in some compost next weekend....will post a picture if I can.

These are the plants I'm thinking of getting:

Choisya ternata AGM Mexican orange blossom

Nandina domestica 'Fire Power' heavenly bamboo 'Fire Power'

Buddleja × weyeriana 'Sungold' AGM butterfly bush 'Sungold'

Deutzia longifolia 'Veitchii' deutzia 'Veitchii'

Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver' oleaster 'Quicksilver'

Euonymus alatus 'Compactus' AGM compact winged spindle tree

Ruscus aculeatus butcher's broom


Any comments appreciated!!

To cut or not to cut

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 11:13

My lawn is getting quite long and looks awful.  I'm afraid to cut it yet though as I think the ground might be too wet...  When is the best time for the first mow of the year?  Do I have to wait until the ground is dry?

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