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Pruning Hardy Fushias

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 17:12

It's difficult isnt it?  Plants comtinue to grow and expand before you know it. Last week a group,of snowdrops that were visible last year are now obscured by an orange geum so I had to move my snowdrop clump to a more prominent spot.  Plants don't understand that they need to,share the spotlight sometimes.  

What 2 plants would you put together in the herbaceous/perennial border?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 16:46

Ophiopogon is easy to grow and has charming pinky white flowers too. Mine grow in terracotta pots, next to variegated hostas and elsewhere.  Alongside a maroon red coleus too that I liked but maybe not very subtle 

Higgy I too grow some rudbekias next to aster frikartii monch and leucanthemum broadway lights .....a creamy flowered sort......thrown into the mix.  Also heleniums as a backcloth.  Nice combinations you have there.  

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 16:37

Yes get,it in there Jess.  You know you can prune skimmias?  To keep them compact.  

Pruning Hardy Fushias

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 16:33

Bilje, 

I prune my hardy fuschias in autumn.  It's a difficult one because I would prefer in a colder area to prune back in a month's time rather than right now.  

Fuschias are tough plants though ....maybe prune back half way or so for,??ou to see your crocus better but then prune again later?  

Fox gloves

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 16:26

Ashleigh,

Then try one called Black Adder.  It's about 4' tall...maybe taller......with inky blue flowers with black touches.  It's a lovely thing.  It may not flower so.profusely as it would in full sun. In the autumn you can carefully divide it and pot it up....it won't survive the winter in cold areas.  Another variety is Sangria which is taller and has pink flowers.  

Miscanthus variegatus is a tall white and green vsriegated grass that adds height and nice contrast to Black Adder.  You might like to try that 

Re aconitum I have early amd late flowerimg varieties.  One flowers from July for me.  The other in late August.  

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 16:19

There are hermaphrodite forms of skimmia producing flowers amd berries without other,skimmias and act as pollinators. ,  I grow a Cornish variety called "Redruth".

Cold you grow another variety in a pot?  

In my experience most of,the skimmias dislike too much sun, a soil that's too alkaline and harsh frosts.  So, a neutral soil, some dappled shade and some protection would be good.

Sequestrene may not be necessary.  Try Epsom salts first.  This is very cheap and effective.  

 

Planting for gravelled areas

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 15:16

Agree with many already suggested .....eryngiums are a must but check out eryngium Jade Frost. ,it's a beauty and different.

Mesembryanthemums, gazanias, etc. look so good in gravel.  They love the reflected heat from,the sun.  There are some stunning upright osteospermums too....perhaps a little tender for some areas but so easy from cuttimgs that they can be kept from year to year.   Linum perenne, the blue flax, has womderful glaucous delicate foliage and the most exquisite blue flowers all summer.  Can you plunge aeonium Schwarzkopf there too?  

These may not be "beach" plants but they look good in gravel.  The Noah's Ark Juniper.....sorry name escapes me for mo.....is a small upright, slow growing conifer that I  Iove on the rockery will look nice in gravel.  For different shape another juniper...Blue Star....is a blue foliaged bun shaped plant.  a yellow leaved santolina called lemon fizz is worth checking out too.  I grow this on a free draining wall and it's evergreen bright yellow foliage is charming.  How about Tulbaghia?  Silver/blue/white/grey slender foliage with pink flowers ....again set in gravel looks very nice.    Many hardy geraniums ESP the cushion ones will look good.....black Beauty is a gem with purple compact foliage.  and gentian blue flowers.  Arabis Ferdinandi coborgii (?) is a lovely variegated Arabis with sparkling white flowers in spring.  

Getting carried away here and strayed off "by the sea" request.  

(juniperus communis compressus....Noah's ark juniper.  Had to look it up)

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 14:46

Busy morn but now hanging around for a delivery due this pm.  However, it's a beautiful, sunny calm day......between the odd shower....so managing to pot on a few things and grab a cuppa whilst talkIng here. It's so tempting to get onto to,the veg patch...bit raking.

Re.siliconed glass panels in GH so they are much firmer now too.  Impatiently staring at dead looking.....Just dormant of course.....plants in GH urging them to show little shoots.  Amazing what pleasure a little green shoot gives at this time of year 

SPECIAL OFFER Sarcococca confusa

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 14:39

YOU HAVE TO RED.    The collections don't seem to be that generous.  Get your hellebore, sarcoccoca and something else.  Next year you will have a cutting from sarcoccoca growing anyway ............have I won the day?  

Fox gloves

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 14:35

Hiya Ashleigh

Good drainage is essential. They like as much sun as possible.  

Considered aconitum?  They do well in partial shade and some flower for ages from mid summer.  But,  Verbena bonariensis will do well in partial shade as well as in the sun ....not many better for height and long flowering

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