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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 19:58

BizzieB

Deeper borders add Generosity to a border.  Worth doing Bizzie 

Dealing with Fuschia Rust

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 19:26

With hardy fuschias and hericum hidcote (which is susceptible to rust apparently) I cut hard back every year. I recall the great Geoff Hamilton advising us to do this to shrubby hypericums for this very reason and I self boasted I was already doing that 

Rust does seem to "overwinter" well so pruning back hard helps I think

Cuttings

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 19:11

Think that's right hogweed.  With grey/silver foliage I try to keep cuttings wet, compost wet initially, and glass jar over them,imsfead of polythene if I can 

 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 19:07

Will try beaus mum but my beauty is overwhelming the digital system 

New lawn problems

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 16:49

I think an animal is using your lawn to wee on......fox or cat or dog.    Try placing some mesh or netting over it for a while.  

I would then water it well for a couple of weeks and see if the damaged areas spread. If not, you will prob have found the cause.  Rake it in September and reseed

White flowers

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 16:41

Good point fairy. 

White flowers

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 16:32

Hiya bekkie.

Yellow osteospermum....voltage yellow....and echinacea white swan.  White regale lilies amongst cotinus royal purple, leucanthemum broadway lights and dark leaved dahlia. White osteospermum and orange geum totally tangerine or rudbekia. Comvolvulous cneorum and pittosporum Tom Thumb.  White Arabis amd purple hellebore.  White veronicas and geranium black beauty.  Euphorbia Tasman tiger......very white vsriegated foliage.....and Heuchera plum pudding.  White cosmos and red echinacea salsa.  White potentilla and prunus cistena crimson dwarf....in early to  mid spring)  white astrantia and purple/red astilbes.  White tiarellas and red Japanese blood grass.  Echinacea milkshake and agastache summer love or black adder.  clematis ville de Lyon and white buddleia.  White dahlia and orange geum, persicara red baron or blue Veronicas.  White foxgloves and ....well, with anything amd everything. White tulips and yellow daffodils. An easy, low maintenance combo too is white Arabis and purple aubretia for any free draining mound or wall. Maybe big corny but very eye catching. A white hydrangea next to Acer atropurpurea variety. 

A white miscanthus next to physiocarpus Diablo too is quite stunning. 

I shall look forward to others' ideas here to inspire me ......

Cant comment on roses....don't grow well here but also not too keen (oooooo ) on them....but some experts here who can suggest some.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 16:07

Beaus mum, well some here think I'm Monty!  But I'm far better looking....of course 

Victoria, yes I will do that.....just for you ......hope I remember now.  

White flowers

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 16:03

White is not, always, an easy colour in some ways.  2 whites together or too close will simply show the other up as grubby.  

I grow lots of whites.....anemones, dahlias, acteas, astilbes, astrantias, hellebores, gauras, Potentillas, dianthus, hebes, Veronica's, salvias, campanulas, leucanthemums....the best sort, of course ).....geraniums, echinaceas, lupins, delphiniums, buddleias, phlox, osteospermums, arum lilies, etc. etc. etc.  Foliage as i  white  grasses, Heuchera snowstorm,whiteish hostas, white pittosporums....no doubt lot more if I think longer.

White is great for shade......or partial shade.  A white hydangea is on my list for the autumn for a suitable spot.  White can transform a dark area like nothing else can

Its not a cop out to use white.  In the wrong spot it can draw attention to an unhappy/awful planting combination.  White as a brilliant, in your face, contrast like guara corries gold next to purple berberis or as a softener as in white hellebore above a cream primrose in spring.

Many do not like white but I do.  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 12:52

Hadspen purple is in that border but not in that picture.......greener foliage and darker flowers when compared to Tanya.    Got Hadspen in front of helenium double trouble and aconitum stainless steel.  Will post a picture if I get round to it 

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