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White and orange evergreen plants

Posted: Today at 20:11


Looking at my own witch hazel earlier, there are some orange varieties.    Scented spidery endearing flowers 

Compost Heaps / Rats

Posted: Today at 20:00

Pity someone didnt take a video Cloggie......

Raised bed under Rhododendron

Posted: Today at 18:11

Lucy, sounds a good idea.  

If you do, look into other plants that would add more than just colour....maybe phormiums, evergreen grasses, to create movement and spikey foliage.   Draw sketches etc....let your imagination run riot.  Some plants to sprawl over the different levels echo the blue of Hadspen Cream check out lithodoras which are a little darker but maintain the theme???    A tactile plant like artemisia Powys Castle too.........lots of variations to make an exciting spot 

Euonymous leaf problem

Posted: Today at 17:32

Epsom salts is always beneficial kitty but I would apply a granular feed around the roots.  I dont think your plant will look too bad when spring is underway 

Raised bed under Rhododendron

Posted: Today at 17:29

Hello Lucy

No Hadspen Cream is not invasive or aggressive.  I cut it back after flowering quite hard to encourage fresh new foliage.  Well behaved.  The same flowers as forget me nots without seeding everywhere 

re rhodos, you can lightly mulch but not too deeply 

Compost Heaps / Rats

Posted: Today at 17:01

Agree about compost heaps not drying out.  Compost simply will not rot or generate any heat.  

So you can make toast on yours Cloggie........even ratatouille!   Sorry folks    ........that's the idea but mine never really get turned enough to match that 

Abutilon Ind

Posted: Today at 16:58

Thanks Valerie

Abutilons enjoy our climate in Cornwall.  Can't recall his name but there is a breeder of abutilons down here.

a nursery fairly local has lots of varieties and a trip in a few weeks there is beckoning me.

yes, will let you know if I fall victim......

Raised bed under Rhododendron

Posted: Today at 16:54

Be very careful not to cover the roots of the rhododendrons when you make your raised beds Lucy.  They are likely to suffer as their roots are always near the surface....and need to be.

similarly, digging around the roots for the same reason

brunneras would cope and look good there. ....Hadspen Cream has lovely variegated foliage, practically evergreen, with delightful blue forget me not flowers from early spring to late soring.  You don't say what colour your rhodos are but these blue flowers will associate nicely with most of them 

White and orange evergreen plants

Posted: Today at 16:48

Orange flowers and evergreen?  Geum Totally Tangerine fits the bill here 

some of the libertias ....taupo Blaze for example....have orange tints in a very unique colour and is evergreen.

not totally evergreen but orange agastaches........Kudos Mandarin, Tangerine.  Prob not evergreen or hardy in many places further north

cant think of too many orange evergreens but orange in the summer border is not too difficult.....add kniphofia Mango, .echinaceas Tiki Torch, Marmalade and others have orange flowers.  Annuals of course ...dahlias, gazanias, etc. etc

pinks of course are evergreen and many are white flowered.......from old Mrs.Simkins through to Memories.

lots of lomg flowering white perennials but gaura Whirling Butterflies flowers from mid summer to the first frosts.   Elegant, floating and eye catching 

How to dig up large shrub roots

Posted: Today at 14:03

Hey!  We speak the same language steve   Ha ha 

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