Latest posts by Verdun

Pruning a sedum

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 21:26

 Yes indeed.  Sorry Cloggie 

nothing too technical with sedums.......literally cut back hard by half or so.   the new growth has lost the impetus of spring and grows more sturdy and more slowly 

Pruning a sedum

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 19:46

Cut them back in late May and sedums will not flop. 

We keep saying this, don't we?  

Pampas grass cortaderia

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 18:27

Philippa, a neighbour has a row of them looking sensational right now during this fine, dry season but    when it gets wet and windy and the flowers go over they look awful.  Then the cutting back.....I offered to do this last year for them so I fully expect the call this time. Thankless task and then nothing...nothing appeal for another 12 months.  

No space for other plants either....fine in a huge garden way at the back 


Posted: 09/10/2016 at 17:50

still see people planting mint in the garden.  On GW I think it was mint was planted in a bottomless pot as usually recommended however I have known it to grow out of the bottom to then spread everywhere. Plant it in a pot with a bottom 

never grown horseradish Keen....will you grow it again? 

Evergreen Shrub Suggestion

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 17:42

abelia kaleidoscope is a lovely plant but it is not robust.  I had 2 but they succombed over winter despite being very mild here.  They are weak plants so best avoided.

Pittosporum Tom Thumb is delightful....gets shiny black in winter.  Nice easy.  Prefer it to Loropetalum....The latter is more sprawling 

New lawn

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 13:14

Most cut their lawns too short.  Grass suffers and never looks very green and weeds encroach.  

Mid height blades and weekly mowing will produce a nice lush lawn 


Posted: 09/10/2016 at 13:10

Let us know how you get on Keen.  Feedback is very helpful.  If it works now in October it will clarify things   If it works you should see effects in a couple of weeks 

Pampas grass cortaderia

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 13:05

No pampas for me.....their foliage is sharp and ugly and only Sunningdale Silver looks good in flower.  They like to dig in deep and refuse to move.  

A1154, you will be surprised how big those roots are now so get rid now or accept it will simply take over. 

Which one of these would be best?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 12:58

Holly for me .noviceneedshelp 

eleagnus is very overated I think.  

I have 2 hollies...Golden King and Handsworth New large shrubs and they look superb  all year round. 

Last edited: 09 October 2016 12:59:16

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 12:48

Very warm but no sun...yet!  It's coming though 

replenished soil after removing conifer.  Lots of compost gone in and some planting done.  Some of it is temporary with large potted plants.  I can see what they will look like before planting them properly.  

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