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Small £1.49 perennials

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 17:21

After comparisons over the years I have no doubt small plants in pots grow far better than planted out esp in autumn 

think about it logically!     What advantage is there putting such small things out in the ground right now?  They look awful, pathetic and have to contend with the weather, pests and environment.  Meanwhile those potted up will, when potted on a couple of times during spring, produce much bigger and better plants.   for sure 

I produce large summer long flowering plants from 9cm overwintered pots and wholeheartedly advocate this 

Gooseberry bushes

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 17:11

Agree with Bee witched about neem oil.  I use it too.  Very effective 

fox gloves/salvias

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 17:04


foxgloves I find are evergreen over winter.  Agree with Nut also that anemones will be swamped if too near foxgloves.

the variety of salvia is important......some are hardy some are not.  Some in between so can you say what yours are or post a picture? 

Last edited: 13 October 2016 17:06:14

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 16:58

Mostly blue sky all day.  Beautifully warm in the shelter of my garden.   Had to water pots again.  Supposed to be all change over the weekend!  But, warmer they said 

No flowers on my Cosmos !!

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 16:53

DSue, you should get free seeds plus complimentary reflect your disappointment.  If not offered ask for it 

cosmos seems to be different this year...later flowering and taller.  However mine.....both white and pink....have flowered since July on strong very tall stems.  

Be interesting to hear T & M's comments about the unusual behaviour of cosmos this year.  

Echinacea plant

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 13:17

For sure Jo, it will hate sitting in damp shady situation esp over winter.

if you don't have the ideal spot pot it up but yes, sunnier the better.

yes keep foliage on; no don't keep old flower stems on.  


Posted: 13/10/2016 at 13:13

Wild Violet,

conservatory is ideal.  Cold frame is far too cold.  Dont water too much .....just keep them from drying out too much.  Pot on in early spring, pot on again to keep plants growing without a check.  Don't let them flower before mid summer.......they need to build up a good root system in order to flower well thereafter. 

Good luck Violet 

Overwintering Penstemon plants.

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 09:34

No keep them in those pots now Linda.  plant out in spring 

iamweedy, yes totally hardy down here in west Cornwall but fairly reliable elsewhere too.  Always take cuttings in summer though cos you have spare if there are losses and penstemons are past their best after 3 years or so 

Last edited: 13 October 2016 09:37:52

Echinacea plant

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 09:32

Aym...bumping up simply means keeping the thread active for comment 

jo, I grow a few echinaceas.  

What do you do to grow them?  They need sunny, well drained spots but also a good watering now and then.  There are lots of newer varieties around and some are pretty fickle/temperamental and not as robust as the older ones.  Some are really not much more than annuals but all need to develop a good root system before they flower.  I always remove flowers before mid summer, even on established plants, and thereafter let them flower.  mulch them too in spring.  

Do you know the variety?  

I would hazard a guess that your plant dried out.....plants here have needed watering...but there are physiological probs associated with them too that cover a whole bunch of issues.   A fungicide sometimes helps

if earlier in the year I would have said cut back hard, clear away debris and mulch but it is too late now to cut down. 

Overwintering Penstemon plants.

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 09:08

Linda, you don't say how big the pots are but, yes, protect them.  

if you have some spare ground put them, pot and all. in the ground.  This  will help keep frost away from the roots.  When it gets colder drape some fleece over them.  

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