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Plant vandalism

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 17:38

How very unsporting of you Fairy 

I like it 

Yellow leaves on Skimmia

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 17:33

The "azalea stuff" will not help if the issue is sun scorch.  The epsom salts application is a cheap tonic rather than any feed.  Extra watering is far better right now. 

Plant vandalism

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 17:26

Lowest of the low Hayleyddgreen. 

I would report it to the will serve notice on the culprits as well as having the situation recorded.   Maybe they will do this to someone else and be caught thus strengthening your own case.

good luck 

Spacing between these plants

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 16:43

Bala, can you take one or two back?  

pruning is different for those shrubs...forsythia, for example, is not pruned like a hedge or you will forfeit the flowers.

shrubs and perennials make a really attractive frontage with lots of interest throughout the year.  

I commend your opposition to concrete.........

Galega! Villain or welcome guest?

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 15:03

ah but if they are invasive I will only know effectively if I dig them up in autumn.  

Once planted a roaming artemisia ........knew really it would spread but not so fast......and in one summer it had infiltrated spaces a couple of metres away.  I had to lift a batch of plants and dig the whole area to recover every root.    Would like to avoid this with the the Galega 

Cutting down dahlias early

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 14:57

Exactly as Punkdoc said Wakeshine.  

Patience!  Several weeks yet for those dahlia tubers to get bigger....and better...for next year.

couple of points.......ok, obvious, but have you tried to stake your dahlias?  Simple discreet canes and twine will support them well.  As blooms go over cut the stems back to new shoots....this reduces the height too. 

At the end of summer and early autumn lift your dahlias and you should be able to divide them.  Pot them up. More plants next year.

finally, now you know how big dahlias can get you will plant them so they won't obscure other plants next year.....

Spacing between these plants

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 14:46

Ladybird, far, far too close.  They would be touching from planting????   Not sure if Bala intends a hedge but those plants are going to be very large and if trimmed to a metre will look very odd indeed

besides those shrubs will form an odd looking hedge   

Salvia's looking poorly

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 14:35

I would take out the salvia and lavendar from the potted ilex 8000wildflowers.  A simple mulch of gravel will look better be better for the ilex

plant the lavendar out or, better still, replace with fresh lavendar (they are pretty cheap.)! The salvia I would cut back hard and pot up...difficult to say exactly what it is.....but if, and when, it grows well again I would also plant it out or give it its own pot. 

When you say "regular compost" do you mean multi purpose compost?  This is a very poor, inadequate compost to use for any permanent planting. Always use john innes 

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Spacing between these plants

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 14:27

All are large shrubs Bala except for euonymous emerald n gold and your hebes.  Even then euonymous can get quite large....i have several bushes here all trimmed to be a metre and a half high and wide.

those in your first list need to be at least 3 metres apart....unless you are looking to make a sort of hedge with them.  

Most of us make mistakes when new to planting....shrubs are offen recommended to establish structure and "weight" but this can be overdone.  Too many shrubs can be boring and uninteresting.....gradually we tend to veer  towards herbaceous perennials in between shrubs.

that's a lot of shrubs for your space Bala......! 

Galega! Villain or welcome guest?

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 14:09

anyone growing Galega Coconut Ice?

been growing for a season now but unsure of its wandering habit.  

Lovely plant above ground but, in anyone's experience here, is it a problem below ground?

the wild officinalis is troublesome I think but not a lot of info about Coconut Ice anywhere 

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