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Pruning advice

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 19:03

Thanks. It will take some time but I feel I have to do it this year. I still have the picture on the sale brochure and I cannot believe how much it has grown since July 2012.

Pruning advice

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:22

I have inherited a large hebe in my new garden. The plant is about 2m wide and 1.5m high. Last year the plant was trailing on the ground and I raised the growth to about 60cms from ground level. I would now like to reduce the width and height and I am unsure how far I can cut into the plant. I would hate to lose it as the birds love to hide in the plant. I know I should wait until after flowering. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:37

The miscanthus varieties look fantastic and some of them are reasonably compact which is good for me. I am off to visit a plant centre next week to see what is available.

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:12

Many thanks again. I need to look closely at all these different options which I wasn't aware were available. I like the idea of 5' of growth in one year as this would suit my project very well.

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 08:23

Thanks for the replies. The reason I thought of this grass is because I wanted some form of soft screening around a seating area but it sounds like it would not be a successful long term option. Back to the drawing board.

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 15:27

I'd like to grow a stipa gigantea in a pot can anyone suggest the size of pot to use and the best compost.

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 16:18

Just an update on my problem Alstromeria. In June after digging up all the plants and as much root as I could find I covered the whole area in black polythene weighted down with spare roofing slates. A few plants grew up at the edges of the polythene which were quickly killed off with weedkiller. This week I had to move a shrub into this area and under the polythene I only  found a few sad looking pieces of the plant which I dug up with the remaining roots. I intend to leave this area undisturbed now until next spring so fingers crossed 

Salix Flamingo

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:25

Thanks. That is disappointing. I have grown fuschias from whips but as you say they start as single stems.

Salix Flamingo

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:10

I have been given a Salix Flamingo plant and I would like to train it as a standard. The plant has several stems and one which could be the main stem for a standard. Should I prune the excess stems now and should they be pruned below the ground. Any advice for ongoing care would be most welcome.

Black polythene

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:04

Should I just give up and live with it!!!

The article was interesting Steve and for me in particular handling glyphosate would not be too clever so that is certainly not an option.

I'm off on holiday now so I will mull it over and make a decision when I return.

Thanks for all the replies.






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Pruning advice

Pruing a large Hebe 
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Last Post: 21/05/2015 at 19:03

Stipa Gigantea

Growing in a pot 
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Last Post: 22/03/2015 at 16:37

Salix Flamingo

Training as a standard 
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Last Post: 22/07/2014 at 12:17

Black polythene

How to prepare the soil afterwards 
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Last Post: 05/06/2014 at 09:04

Orange alstromeria

How can I get rid of it!!! 
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Last Post: 27/08/2014 at 18:21

Lifting daffodils

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Last Post: 16/05/2014 at 07:25

Overgrown Clematis

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Last Post: 07/04/2015 at 07:55

Autumn leaves

Disposing of leaves 
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