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Advice please :-)

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 20:58

Evening Jo

if mine, I would remove flower buds and pinch back.   now it's about building plants for next year.  

early in spring pot on again....they will grow fast then.   Mid spring you will have plants to flower all summer

Dying Dicentra

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 09:34

Yes,,time of the year I'm afraid.

put a short cane or two crossing the plant to remind you it's there.  It will shoot again in    spring. 

Newly planted Hydrangea

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 18:07

Hiya M Fent

I would remove those flowers....shame I know but it will help build your plant for next year

it sounds like a paniculata you have a label with it?

Seaside grass

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:07


How about phormiums?  Dazzler is a neater low growing sort.

carex buchannii should do well there too...upright, foxy brown and evergreen. A similar shade but mounded habit is Comans Bronze...for me it never needs watering

stipa tennuissima and arundinacea should do well

elymus magellanicus I find does well in well drained soils in sun.


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:55

Whilst we have another wet day the south east is set for a scorcher.....90 degrees!  

Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 08:01

Chicky.  Sent you a pm

Unhealthy rosemary

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 22:23

Whatever the reason or cause that rosemary is not recoverable. Replace it asap and use the space for something attractive


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 16:24

Andrea photinias, in my experience, will do just that.  From thriving shrubs mine deteriorated and died.

you will be advised to cut back, to feed to water etc., and you can try this but your shrub looks poorly to me.


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 16:18

Prob watering of some sort Jan.....over or under.  Acers will need regular moisture if in a pot.  

If a very small plant and you have put it in a large pot it will not do well.  Small plant small pot.  

more grass advice please

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 14:01

Hackonechloa are fabulous grasses.  Classy low mounds.  Plant as 3 clumps for good effect.

Miscanthus and calamagrostis are tall grasses........easy and lots of varieties for foliage colour and flowers.  Miscanthus variegatus has lovely green and white sharp clean leaves.  Flamingo has pink/ red flowers.  Morning light has fine arching leaves...very striking.  Zebrinus has gold/yellow,bands across the leaves

Molinias are good on heavy soil

carex varieties like Testacea add evergreen copper/brown colour all year.  Bowles Golden Grass has yellow flowers, stems and leaves.

heleniums and veronicastrums and acteas add height and summer colour and complement grasses well.

buddleias like fhe Buzz series are fantastic for summer colour at a much more compact size.

the dogwoods are great for clay soils and mixing with grasses....elegantissima has green and white foliage.  Aurea has yellow leaves.  Both have bright red stems over winter.

hellebores will also add winter/spring colour and blend too with grasses.  

Re hackenochloa try corydallis with it....bright blue flowers in late winter to late spring.

Hey...don't spoil your planting with roses B3..     None of the above plants need spraying for disease or pest and wont try to scratch your eyes out.  Roses will certainly spoil your prairie effect 

Oh, not montbretia.  or their hybrid cousins crocosmias.   They are too aggressive once they get established. lilies....will it though 


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