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Posted: 23/06/2015 at 19:41

Appreciate the input, thanks - any ideas instead on weed control in a bed that's 15m by 3m??

Compost query

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 18:01

I buy MiracleGro from a major hardware store that always seems to have it on offer (2 packs for a tenner...) - also, it's peat free.  Very happy plants all round!


Posted: 23/06/2015 at 17:29


I have a very long bed full of rhodies and azaleas and I want to underplant them with something that will provide mat-forming ground cover hopefully to control the weeds and I really love Creeping Jenny - does anyone have any experience of these plants together?  Thanks!

Rhodendron bed

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 14:29

Hi all

I have a long bed full of lovely dwarf rhodies and azaleas and am about to replant them all into fresh compost.  I've moved loads of surprise alliums and grape hyacinth to another site, and would love to have some ideas for mat-forming plants to replace them with among the rhodies and azaleas - I've been thinking about golden creeping jenny, but would appreciate some ideas on alternatives.

It's a south facing bed.  Nothing growing there has been poisoned by the rhodies, it's all thriving.  I know Jenny's invasive but it's a contained, slightly raised bed so easy to keep under control.  Just want something that will creep into all the gaps to help keep the weeds down and add some contrast colour for the rhodies and azaleas.

Thank you!


Clematis President

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 09:29

Hi - Hope someone can please help!  My clematis is growing very happily in a container, the growth is strong and healthy.  There are lots of flower buds, which is great, but as they're starting to open now, the edges of the petals are brown in places and a bit lacklustre.  The plant was fed about a fortnight ago for the first time this season, it's had regular water thanks to the crappy weather, and is in a south-facing position.  Why are the beautiful flowers so sad looking??

Sneaky Bugs

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 17:18

Such a great idea, thank you!  I did some spraying today and pruned off any suss looking leaves and moved the plant away from other containers.  Appreciate all your advice

Sneaky Bugs

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 18:05

Thanks for this - will get the sprayer out tomorrow.  No shortage of birds here (they do an amazing job of waking me up at 4am every day...) but maybe this plant being low down in a corner isn't ideal...will stick it up on the wall so they can feast as they fly past  Appreciate the advice.

Help choosing plants!

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:27

Some things I like that you might like too...Choisya Ternata Sundance - amazing lime green leaves, slow growing evergreen perennial shrub, very light and beautiful.  What about some amazing purple Heuchera?  Check out Plantagogo and Heucheraholics for ideas.  Also, although it's not year round colour, I love asiatic lilies and they are so, so easy to grow - perennial, amazing colours, pretty foliage.  Hard to go wrong with rhododendrons and azaleas (a world of dreamy blues, lilacs, purples and whites to choose from) and you can get them in compact/dwarf form, too.  They are hardy and evergreen.

They do attract bees, but not by the million, and the bees are very disinterested in anything but the centre of the flower.  I have these next to my patio and am never bothered by the little fuzzy beasts.

There are some stunning low-growing grasses - have a look at Hakonechloa Aureolum (very bright green) and Uncinia Rubra (red) and Elijah Blue ( green, but the more sun it gets, the more blue it goes) and Mondo Grass (black) - I grow all of these successfully and by that I mean I ignore them and they do really well

I envy you - choosing the plants is the fun bit  I'm just redesigning my garden and am having to think about nothing but paths and stones and fencing before I'm allowed to let myself loose on picking plants

Best bee/butterfly border plant.

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:17

I have dwarf/compact rhodies and azaleas and they seem to attract lots of bees and some of them are quite happy in partial shade.

Sneaky Bugs

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:14


Hope someone can help with this!

I have what looks like a very healthy Viburnum Opulus Sterile which has put on lots of growth this Spring and has even flowered for the first time.

It's in a pot, waiting to go into its new home elsewhere in the garden.

I noticed recently though that some of the leaves (mostly at the ends of branches) have clusters of horrible little black things under them - very sticky when squished!  The leaves themselves haven't died, they've just curled up around the bugs.  Most of the leaves are fine, but clearly something undesirable has taken up residence!

i was planning to pot this plant up tomorrow anyway, but is there any treatment I can administer to get rid of these bugs and deter any new ones?  For the moment, I've just pruned off the leaves that were covered.


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