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Difficult shady area - ideas?

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 11:58

Wots that hosta?  More what? 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 11:57

Some good plants there Andy 

snow? Hail?  Wot's up? Beautiful here...ok, a short shower esrlier but very pleasant here 

more potting on and winter heathers to trim but washed 2 cars and picked up 2 more bags of compost. 


Posted: 16/04/2016 at 11:50

Update to my oroginal post.  Although Wyevale compost looks and feels great it does dry out rather quickly.  for bigger pots I mixed manure and chicken pellets in and this seems to resolve the issue

i think it is a myth that square pots are better than round pots.....ostensibly discouraging roots from going round and round.  I have compared young plant growth over past few weeks using both and, if anything, plants grown in round pots are bigger.  For me, logically, roots will not like the effort of "turning".  Prob a campaign to get us to jettison our round pots and buy fresh square ones 


Sad looking Nandina Domestica

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:58

Yes but I would use john innes ericaceous compost.....not mpc ericaceous 


Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:42

Yes, I grow "perennial" erysiums as annuals.  They deteriorate rapidly after first year so cuttings taken in late spring will give you plenty of plants rosemummy 


Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:40

That's klop, clap trap Richard 

cranefly larvae

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:39

Too late for now mark.

the damage has been done.  Reseed and feed your grass then in September apply nematodes.  They work very lawn has remained lush green all winter whereas a few years ago the dreaded leatherjackets would wreak havoc  

Bushy plants that will grow in a plant pot in mostly shade

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:36

Go for scented plants Alex.  

Daphne odora aureomarginata will fill the air with scent from late Feb to Early May.  If you can plant up a couple of pots heliotrope will do the same from mid summer. Sarcoccoca too from late winter.  

Bamboos are not great for pots....they rarely thrive.  

You cant block that fence from a small container like thaf but scent will help disguise the smoke. 

Chicken manure pellets

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:30

No....put them on the compost heap and mix it in. 


Difficult shady area - ideas?

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:28

Morning Keen 

tiarellas, heucheras (esp the yellow ones), astrantia, astilbes (if you can add moisture holding material)! Hackomechloa, bowles golden grass,,hostas, dicentras like spectable, esp white in shade, anemone wild swan, acteas, geranium margaret wilson, aconitum, ophiopogon, brunneras, hellebores incl Corsicus ( big pale evergreen leaves and green flowers in winter), acers, sarcoccocas, daphnes, witch hazels, philadelphus aureus, .....could go on Keen but plenty of good stuff you could plant there 

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