Latest posts by Verdun

Any comments on these plants?

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 15:50

Andy, I grow sanguisorbas.....they are excellent plants 

I grow Red Thunder, Pink Elephant, Lilac Squirrel (the ladies swooned when I posted this last summer), Tanna, Pink Tanna and Alba.  

They need some moisture and good soil......all airy lightheaded and moving, if that makes sense! 

red thunder grows here at about 4' as does Pink Tanna...flower all summer with little bobble flowers

alba is tall....5 to 6' ...and best grown near smaller, mounding plants...e.g. Astrantias, astilbes etc.

the variety I steer away from is menziesii cos I think it spreads a bit

phlox? not a variety I grow either but the paniculatas are easy plants.

Plant suggestions for new pergola

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 21:24


I like honeysuckles over arches and pergolas.  Choose the strongest scented ones.  how big is your pergola?  I have 2, one each side of an arch leading to a seated area and the scent in summer is delicious. 

Roses on a pergola, for me,,smacks of thorns and ugly foliage, of regular spraying too.  

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 20:56

possibly so Chrissie 

Espee, yes I am pretty keen on salvias....grow enough of them.  They survive well down here. I do,prefer the tender ones

go for the microphylla types...all are pretty hardy.  The soil is most important draining warm soil in sun. is ideal.

as I said Amistad is proving quite hardy.  Take cuttings though and you will always have this majestic plant.

The nemarosa types too are hardiest of all..spikes this time.  Carradona is one of these but there are lots of others in blue and purple shades as well as white.

dont turn your back on the tender salvias....the patens varieties form tubers like dahlias and are treated like them too, viz, dug up and protected over winter in a gh.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 19:10

Aster, I love ir.  Maybe it takes me back to Australia. The plants of course are often unknown to me but excellent tips on garden matters.   

GWRS, agree about Question Time on the radio but I usually forget or not around when its on. Could, should, record it. 

Wanted: A Tall Wall Climber

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 18:57

Check out solanum Alba.  Vigorous and flowers for months 

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 18:55

You did ask Espee 

Amistad.....suoerb tall purple blue flowers.  This is currently the most popular type and rightly so.

guanajuato....glorious dark blue flowers.  Tender but worth the effort.  Cacalifolia is a favourite of mine...dumpy sky blue flowers on a low bushy plant

Waverley.nice tall white

A trio of "wishes."    Love and Wishes, Embers Wish and Wendy Wish

uliginosa.....grows 7' plus and flowers from mid summer into autumn.  Blue flowers with white bunny tail tops.

shrubby Blue Note and Violin Music....2 blues again but varying between lilac blue and electric blue

patens...from dark blue to pale blue according to variety

Bethellii....stunning pink 

lots of microphylla  varieties with white, yellow, pink or red flowers

there are hardy types...carradonna for example with spikes of flowers

 check them out will be hooked 

Last edited: 12 March 2017 18:56:15

Alternative Lawn Plants

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 18:18

gone on Polly.....would be very therapeutic for you 

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 17:19

Hot lips does behave oddly.....all red flowers, all white flowers and a mixture.

the lassies seem to love this salvia but for me it is nothing special.  It no longer features here ....not the finest salvia in the world 

Trachelospermum jasminoides problem or not?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:51

Thats ok Andy.  I can see it will all look pretty good in the summer and you dont want to squeeze things in.  

After a feed a mulch in mid spring will be good for your Trachelospermum 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:09

Magnificent clematis DR and lovely mimosa.  

Cut 2 lawns today....cut last week...and haven't really stopped cutting over winter.  Tied in clematis...they were cut back 3 weeks or so.......potted loads of freesias.  Spot weeded lawns.  New growth everywhere from heleniums to agastaches.  Flowering currant flowering, arum lilies just about to, peaches in full flower, camellias too.  Azaleas ready to explode with colour.  Montana in a few days and all my climbers are growing fast.  So tempted to sow carrots and spring onions but will wait 10 days or so for that.  Peas not today but will be sown in a couple of days 

A gorgeous day indeed    

Hope everybody has the same 

Discussions started by Verdun

New plants....Who wants them?

Replies: 15    Views: 1072
Last Post: 18/03/2017 at 10:43

New plants....Who wants them?

Replies: 0    Views: 229
Last Post: 14/03/2017 at 20:46

New plants....Who wants them?

Replies: 4    Views: 418
Last Post: 14/03/2017 at 21:33

Is this fair?

Replies: 46    Views: 2502
Last Post: 21/03/2017 at 01:40


Replies: 36    Views: 1645
Last Post: 11/03/2017 at 13:42

Bargain plants

Replies: 38    Views: 2855
Last Post: 27/03/2017 at 12:37


Replies: 12    Views: 1055
Last Post: 06/03/2017 at 10:24

17 degrees in a couple of days

Replies: 29    Views: 1579
Last Post: 21/02/2017 at 09:59

As if the day couldn't get any better.........

Replies: 6    Views: 695
Last Post: 16/02/2017 at 14:17

Tonight DIY... gt Ormond St Hospital

Replies: 7    Views: 771
Last Post: 11/11/2016 at 08:26

Well, he won but.....

Replies: 173    Views: 8130
Last Post: 14/11/2016 at 16:36

Sssssssscared or what?

Replies: 27    Views: 1853
Last Post: 13/11/2016 at 22:02

What is an all year round garden?

Replies: 33    Views: 2417
Last Post: 07/11/2016 at 21:19

Shakes you...

Not a Michael Buble fan really.... 
Replies: 13    Views: 894
Last Post: 06/11/2016 at 10:29

Those blowsy, shapeless things.....

Replies: 12    Views: 783
Last Post: 30/10/2016 at 17:13
1 to 15 of 347 threads