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Some beginner questions

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 22:22

Ripply, I don't like to see small plants in the ground.  They look forlorn having no impact whatsoever. I prefer to grow on to decent size before planting out.  a little patience by growing on for a few more months is far better I think.

yes, planting in too big a pot is not good for plants. They tend to sulk.   maybe plant out a couple of potted plants in large pots....2 or 3 per pot...for something to make an impact esp if they are the same.,. .??? 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 22:13

Cut lawns, trimmed a large euonymous ....trained as a pyramid at over 13'......and lost patience with a cotinus royal purple that has struggled all summer.  Hoped it would fight off verticillium wilt.  The hot summer.....well I think it has been anyway....seemed to eradicate it at times but decided it has to go.  I replaced with canna Tropicanna Black.  It is over 7' tall incl flowers that I had growing in a large pot.  Looks better than the ailing cotinus so well pleased.  Heavy plant though. 

all my cannas....more than a dozen large specimens....are in excess of 7' .  If you have never grown cannas folks give them a go.  Better than the over planted, over hyped  bananas that always have their foliage ripped and look tatty, cannas foliage is more colourful and never looks ragged.  Plus the flowers! 

What are you most proud of/pleased with?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 21:54

A lot to be pleased witb Tray. 

Looks like you are a gardener already 

nothing in particular but generally pleased with how garden has been this year 

What will be left standing?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 20:30

You guys don't get it.........

the more visitors we have the less clotted cream for me.  


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 20:26

Exactly seedlings from the first year.  They will outgrow any bought in tiddlers 

Shade loving perennials.

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 20:24

Ah! Crossed over with many of the above replies esp re hostas 

Shade loving perennials.

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 20:23

White arum lilies will light up a shady spot in spring judojub 

astilbes will flower in the shade too if it is not too dry..........white, pink,,red and purple fluffy spires in summer. many have delightfully colourful spring foliage too. Check out acteas/ciimicifugas too.  Superb sculptural purple./brown foliage with scented white flowers at this time of year.  brunneras too. ,Hadspen Cream has variegated foliage plus blue forgrt me not flowers in spring. astrantias will flower there as well. Violas too.  heucheras and heucherellas as well as Tiarellas.  Geranium phaem will do well in shade.  Fo autumn flowers check out liriopes.....evergreen grasslike foliage and spikes of purple flowers.  anemones will do well there esp Wild Swan.  

The new disease resistant busy lizzies will add a lot of colour albeit they are annuals.  Again, the whites will light up shady areas.

How about flowering grasses?  Bowles Golden Grass, millium effusum, has lovely airy yellow flowers. Deschampsias flower throughout summer.  

Hey!  Hostas also have beautiful flowers.  Check out the different varieties are impressive, white through to lilac and many are scented

you can have a highly colourful garden down there judojub 


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:58

A gold too in the heavyweight boxing to come I think

it will be a monumental achievement if we out medal China. 


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:54

A 6" plant will never flower in the spring aym...? 

Some beginner questions

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:50

yes of course you can have grass and pot plants ripply

you can have a grass aware of any associated mowing difficulties if too steep though.  You don't need (boring) groundcover plants to "stop erosion" 

and you can certainly plant where you want to without using a matter of fact they can look attractive as specimen  plants.  keep grass if you can; it adds quality to any planting and provides space to relax in

There is no right or wrong way to garden.  We all do it differently and like different styles.  Do it your  way ripply

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