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My tropical garden

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:42

Most of us grow "tropical" plants prob without realising it.

So many tropical plants are too big, their leaves get tatty in the first wind, they suffer browning and sometimes look plain awful.  Most gardens do not look right with too many tropical always a good mixture of those plants that are happy should be the objective 

Many tropical plants look harsh, have damgerously sharp leaves and spines and need to ne grown hard.

Cannas give a tropical look...they are tropical.  Their leaves remain in good comdition and they provide exotics very tall flowers.....mine now doing that. hedychiums too provide exotic looking foliage and scented flowers in late summer

Lots of tropical plants look good here in cornwall and nurseries that supply them

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:28

Yes, you are correct.  I mixed up seedlings of Tennuissima and hordeum.

I grow them at the edge of a wall, in the midst of lower perennials that support the lower stems. ,Heucheras make good plants for this purpose and the shorter growing echinaceas too.

I also grow them in pots....3 or 5 together.  Pots of red geraniums too make great "assemblies"


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:20

Beware though, the pennisetums spread.  I dig them up every 2 years....they do well in large pots too. Of you leave them for too long it is difficult to dig up fhe clumps.....they send lots of roots deep down and wide. I grow a temder variety called Eaton Canyon a red leaved variety with foxy red flowers.

No not been to knoll gardens ....will have to visit some of  these nurseries.

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 21:49

Sow earlier next year MrsG to get bigger, fuller grasses.  Or, keep alert for seedlings


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 21:05

Hey, hey.  Another grasses lover   

Villosum is fantastic isn't it Magical Meerkat?  I have probably 20 different varieties of grass.  Not just the movement, not just the vertical element but sound too.  A tall miscanthus almost "sighs" in the slightest of breezes when in full flower 

Japanese blood grass

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:59

Folks, dont think you can propagate by seed but plants are available in the garden centres nurseries and on line.  A plant bought now in a 2 litre pot will provide a score of roots to pot up into 9 cm pots.  It's what I do.  A John innes compost is best, water well and leave in a sheltered position.  Over winter in GH.  Next spring you can pot on again and then plant out.

Holey snail

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:53

Of course if is a bird Joe 

Hardy fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 08:17

Pinch back.  They will look pathetic planted out and grow less well.  What is the point of planting out tiny plants?.

Grow on in pots....pot on slightly if provide great plants for next year


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 13:16

Ok nice to me!  

Charley....there are many varieties of coreopsis some earlier than others.  Mine,yes, have early start down here.  Next year they will be earlier for you for sure.  They flower from tips, in a way, but as repeat growth is usually shorter it looks like flowers are being produced  lower down.  One tip......keep deadheading.  Easy to do every few days if you can, as you pass.,,the plants look better for it and they flower forever.

(would post pics but I'm posting too much currently....but they do look jolly good )

I actually like the foliage too Charley.....nice bright green, clean, crisp and well behaved so nice out of flower.  I'm in far s. w. Cornwall, which has a milder climate than even a few miles further east down here. 

North facing wall

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 13:01

I think it may be too vigorous for a pot Eileen.  How about clematis Montana?  Or a summer flowerimg variety like Nellie moser which will perform on such a wall?    Honeysuckle too,,of you can water it from time to time

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