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Rhodie Renewal

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 18:50

Hi - I would be very grateful for some advice.

I have a bed 18m long by 2m wide which is planted with dwarf azalea and rhododendrons.  Unfortunately, the bed wasn't prepared properly and after much deliberation I've decided to lift the young, small plants, scrape away the old straw mulch, weed and weedkill the whole bed, add plenty ericaceous topsoil and some good weed membrane then replant everything.  Can anyone give me an idea of the best order to lay it all down?  Membrane above or below new topsoil?  Plan is to eventually top the whole lot off with bark chips that I have 3 spare tonnes of (don't ask!).  Thanks for any help!

Creeping Dogwood

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 20:26

Thanks both for the advice, it's much appreciated!  They will get plenty of sun and moisture in their new home, and not have to put up with living in a corner that was a dumping ground for shattered roof tiles, broken bricks and bits of glass!  Think I'll wait till the weather's a bit warmer mind you

Creeping Dogwood

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 17:46

Hi - I have half a dozen creeping dogwood plants which were only planted last summer in a partially shaded rockery and seem to have settled in quite happily and are growing slowly and look healthy.  Unfortunately, I have to move them.  Does anyone have any experience of transplanting them?  Will they forgive me?!  If not, I'll rethink my plans...Thanks

A little privacy...

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 11:47


I'd like to grow something above my garden wall to encourage a little privacy.  It needs to grow to about 6ft tall (ideally a little more) and be happy to live in a container because the ground at that point is almost solid rock.  I don't mind if it's flowering or scented or colour changing with the seasons, I just want to create a screen above the top of the wall.  I had thought about trellises and climbers but feel that would spill into my neighbour's garden and may not be what they want, but if it was something pretty, maybe they'd love it!

Any suggestions would be amazing, thank you.  The troughs in question are about a metre long and 0.4m deep and high.

Thank you

Too much gravel!

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:54

Thanks all for the suggestions, I really appreciate it!

Too much gravel!

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:19

Thanks Verdun, appreciate the input.  I bought amazing grass seed recently for another part of the garden and it looks lovely, but I was thinking of something different just to break up the look of the place.  I was thinking about Irish Moss, maybe...

Too much gravel!

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:08


I have a huge expanse of garden (used to be farmland) with a very wide and long drive.  At the moment, it's covered in gravel, some of it loose, some of it compacted, and lots and lots and lots of moss and weeds.

I don't want to spend the rest of my life weedkilling and want to change the whole thing to something low maintenance, eventually.

One thought is to have a guy with a digger/scraper scoop up all the loose gravel and leave the soil exposed, plant some thyme serpyllum seeds and wait forever for it to cover the space, which still involves lots of weeding but will be lovely when it eventually covers the space.

Another thought is to remove the gravel and attempt to turn the whole lot to lawn.  Not really ideal, though.

Another thought is to scrape away the gravel, lay down weed membrane and then figure out whether to re-lay the gravel on top of that, or find a really lovely alternative.

The garden is also on a gentle slope, which doesn't really help, and also has a new young beech hedge growing in a line through the middle of it.

The soil underneath the gravel is good quality generally.

I would appreciate any and all suggestions and inspiration!

Thank you

Empty Space??

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:00


Perennials are a great way to go so how about Choisya Ternata Sundance and some Heuchera?  Dark purple heucheras look amazing with it for contrast, but Heuchera Marmalade is also gorgeous (much nicer than online pics make it look...) - the tops of the leaves are ochres and yellows and greens but the underside is vibrant pink so when the wind ruffles through it, the colour mix is great.  My choisya and ternata have survived vicious winds, heavy frosts and serious snow and are all thriving...

Have fun!  Hope you get wonderful results

green manure

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:28

Hi - I wanted to keep a raised bed free of weeds over the winter so I bought one 50g packet of Winter Mix green manure seeds from Sow Seeds and they're great!  The foliage is about a foot high and very healthy, not a single weed spotted. I plan to leave it there all winter then chop it down, leave it to wilt and fork it in in Spring, ready for planting. This is my first year using it and it seems so far like a great idea  

Clematis & Jasmine

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 18:39


Hope someone can help...

I have a couple of summer flowering clematis and jasmine in troughs and would like to cut them down now to install some lights in the trellises they grow on to.  Is this a terrible idea?  I can mulch them, protect them with fleece and keep them happy over the winter but I'd really like to know if cutting them right back will be disastrous!

Thank you

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Discussions started by Tanty

Rhodie Renewal

Rebuilding the bed from scratch... 
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Last Post: 18/03/2015 at 19:21

Creeping Dogwood

Needs to move... 
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Last Post: 28/02/2015 at 20:26

A little privacy...

Hedging ideas, please! 
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Last Post: 14/12/2014 at 14:44

Too much gravel!

time for a change 
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Last Post: 29/10/2014 at 18:54

Clematis & Jasmine

When to cut down 
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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 21:38


Bits in the Marmalade... 
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Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 20:37

Vinca to spare

Moving Vinca Minor Gertrude Jekyll to a new home 
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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 15:11


evil looking thing... 
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Last Post: 01/09/2014 at 14:59


Brown patches 
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Last Post: 09/08/2014 at 18:05

Something is very hungry. And very fussy

Plants being munched into oblivion... 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 02:09


Something is shredding the leaves... 
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Last Post: 01/08/2014 at 22:09

Creeping ground-cver

Need to turn a muddy path into a pretty carpet... 
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Last Post: 21/07/2014 at 20:36

Help! What is this?

Mystery plant needs identified 
Replies: 9    Views: 351
Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 17:41

Sweet Pea seedlings

Not sure they're meant to grow this fast... 
Replies: 34    Views: 1738
Last Post: 20/03/2014 at 14:07


Something weird is growing in my garden! 
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Last Post: 24/09/2013 at 11:45
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