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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...


How did I kill my Calluna?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 20:13

I've two Calluna (garden girls) in pots; only bought last year.

One died a few weeks ago.  The other looks to be going the same way.

I've just looked them up on RHS plant selector and noticed that although it says full sun it says north west or east.  Do you think I've frazzled them in my south facing spot?

Or could it be watering them with tap water? (my camellia are ok though and they've been tap watered so it can't be that my tap water is very alkaline.)


Posted: 02/05/2013 at 22:08

Yes please for seed!! I love them, but lost lost due to works on my garden. I was going to wait until they magically rebuild but if there's some seed going, i'll grab it!



Posted: 02/05/2013 at 22:03

Oooh, thanks guys. I'll do some inspection in the morning.  Although given your comments I think it might go buy some true Englishbluebells.


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