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Small hedge of perennials, any ideas?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 14:14

Bob....Pittosporum Tom Thumb is a slow growing dwarf vsriety.  i have several that are more than 15 years old and kept to a metre tall and wide.  Euonymous Emerald n Gold is likewise a smaller growing variety........both are slow growing.  Again I have them here kept ....clipped to shape........from one metre to some that are half as tall again 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 13:19

No association there Joyce.....that is a very tall...6' ...gaura near where I took picture.  That is a divided helenium though.  Made that since spring 

Small hedge of perennials, any ideas?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 13:12

If hot and sunny lavendar would look good there but prob too shady 

however, a couple of dwarf evergreens would fit in too......a "hedge" of 3 pittosporum Tom Thumb would be evergreen, delightful shiny black foliage in winter turning more maroon red in spring and summer.

or 2 choisya White Dazzler.  This is a relatively new dwarf form with amazing orange/vanilla scented flowers in late spring and early summer.  Aromatic evergreen foliage that can be clipped if necessary

or 3 euonymous Emerald n Gold.  Evergreen and very attractive.  Easy plant

an unusual evergreen to consider if its free draining there is Diosma (coleonema) Sunset Gold.  Nicknamed Breath of Heaven.  Beautiful small shrub with bright moving tactile foliage....moves like a grass....with pinky white flowers in spring.  The foliage has a minty/pine/citrus aroma.    planted with the purple pittosporum or berberis atro nana or blue grasses like helictotrichon it would look good 

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Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:57

You too DD 

Very tall Echinacea, and not so bushy?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:56


a couple of things........early in the year they should be cut back; pinch back all stems.  Mid spring.  Also I never allow echinaceas to flower before mid summer removing all poss flower stems.  I encourage leafy growth before then with a well balanced fertiliser.  Much like growing onions I guess,,viz., building up the plant in the first half of summer and then allowing it to flower thereafter.  

Esp with young or newly planted echinaceas they need to build up a good strong root system before flowering 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:38

Best wishes to all those under pressure right now ........good times will follow 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:34

Another helenium 

What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:27

Hiya Bob...always read your posts 

what have I learned from the garden this year?  Well, nothing new but it reminded me again that despite everything the seasons bring the garden averages out.  Last winter many were saying we would have nothing left to flower in spring....we had loads in flowers.   

Every year is different.  The garden changes and surprises us 


Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:18


Posted: 06/09/2016 at 09:07

morning again pansy 

in spring take basal cuttings, gritty compost, propagator or polythene bag and they respond quickly.  Pot on when rooted, pot on again as growth dictates and new plants by summer 

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