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Perennials planting time

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 19:49

Re rhododendrons. I'm aware they are woodland plants and so prefer dappled shade but most labels say full sun also ok.  Is that really true or should I be more cautious that they won't do so well?

Perennials planting time

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 19:44

Re rhododendrons. I know they are woodland plants and actually prefer dappled shade.  Most say they are ok in full sun though.  It that definitely true - so I can get several - or should I be more cautious?

Perennials planting time

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 08:48

Soil is clay. Rhodendrons, azalea and pieris growing well elsewhere in garden. Not yet done test of new site but intend to see if its acid enough for calluna.  

Id come across pittosporum TT last night online so good to get a recommendation, ta.

i like lavenders, and cotton lavender too, and thymes.  But not sure if soil too heavy. I intend to push one or two in and see how they go. Rescue and pot up if not happy.

ive started trying to draw.  Just doing "shapes" at mo, to try to avoid straight lines.  It's a gentle slope so how to do the heights is less obvious! Any tips gratefully received!

i like that the two beds either side of the patio will be roughly symmetrical but because one full side and one part shade will have different plants. Good fun to plan.

Perennials planting time

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 08:16

Oh yes, please do recommend small shrubs! I'm rather overwhelmed (and excited!) by the blank canvas and amount of choice! I'm looking for things up to, say 80cm, and smaller, and bushy habit.

Am I right in thinking that the echinacea will be short lived anyway, so will need replacing? I just like them, so what to give them a go.

My thoughts are to get a wide variety of shrubs and see what does well and then adjust from there.

im also planning to get bare root ground cover roses to cover a small but steep bank around the patio - so it's nestled in roses.

Very excited, but very short on time (work full time and a mum).  

Perennials planting time

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 23:24

Cheers guys.  Plants not been bought yet- needling to hurry up if going for this year.  It'll be small shrubs, eg hebes, small rhododendrons, abelia, plus some fillers such as crocosmia, iris, echinacea...  Generally going for hardy low maintenance. 

Your comments make me think it'll be ok.  I hope to get going by end Oct. A and B are at the higher end of the garden so will be warmer. 

Rainwater versus tap

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:47

If I put tap water into a butt or can, and leave it say for a week, is it closer to rainwater?  I'm thinking in terms of ph for watering my ericaeous pots, plus my Slightly acid garden soil.


Perennials planting time

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:43

Hi, I'm having a path and patio laid in my garden, after which I intend to plant up a few perennials beds.

I was hoping it would be done by now so perfectly in time for autumn planting but it's been delayed.

How late into autumn would it be better to wait til spring? if early Nov should I wait til March?

I'm particularly keen to do the full sun, slightly sloping, south facing site as that's need a lot of water nest year if plants not established. Let's call this site A.

There's two others: B west, part shade. C east, full sun.

Would be grateful for your thoughts on timing and whether you'd think differently for sites A, B and C.


Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:28

It's the price of the staging that's surprising me. Do people recommend the built in stuff?  

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 23:01

That's really helpful, Adam - thanks

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 21:06

Hi Adam,

You commented that the green powder finish is more maintenance free than plain aluminium? Is that so? I had assumed it was just aesthetics so was focussing on the plain but maybe I should give the powder coated more thought?

Does anyone have an opinion on makes? Eg peak v elite v rhino...


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