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dogwood / roots

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:12

Lie, they will be fine. ,.  go for cornus aurea for its red stems and yellow leaves all summer or cornus elegantissima for its red stems, also in winter, and its green and white leaves.  excellent well behaved uprights shrubs with all year round colour 


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:08

Lyn ....along with everyone else here...I hope things work out well for you and your dad 

Hosta, good news.  That's nice to hear 

enjoy your "rest" Clari 


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 12:31

Howdy folks 

(Edd's ok )

damp, misty, foggy, quiet  and warm..12 degrees. I guess plants will enjoy it 

frustrating new stainless steel strong clothes pegs but can't use them....isn't life a b....r at times? 


Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 12:00

Silverlight, wait just a few weeks yet.  Then cut them low as you like but you should see a few new shoots too 

Magnolia stellata

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 11:57

Hiya B3,,it wont like "baking in the summer" too much but the main thing is not to let it dry out.   Good moisture holding soil, not too alkaline, and kept watered and mulched well. 

Ideally, for me, I would choose a dappled shade spot, fairly sheltered.  

Here in Cormwall the magnolias thrive everywhere.....away from the coast that is.  My garden is not far from the sea so not ideal. mine ended up as a present to someone just a little further inland.  I planted it as I suggested.  The variety is Susan 

Salvia "Amistad"

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 11:41

Purpletreacle, been growing these for a few years now.  

not sure I agree that it is that hardy.  It is here but I know a few plants I have given away to friends further north have not survived.

i would delay pruning just yet if you think it could get colder your way yet.  

I cut down in autumn, pot some up and take cuttings but will not cut one I have left unpruned until at least mid March.   cuttings are very easy and will produce large flowering plants in one year. 

nothing lost in waiting just a couple of weeks 


Difficult dry shade woodland planting

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 11:32

Ah!  That's what I thought Cheryl 

Difficult dry shade woodland planting

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 10:59

Hiya Punkdoc,, I suggested astilbes etc., because Cheryl said her hydrangea grows well there.  Hydrangeas need moisture.  i also suggested digging in compost to help retain moisture.. I guess I suspect the soil is a little less dry than Cheryl supposes. 

my own garden is based on sandy loam and mostly in sun yet, with generous additions of compost of different sorts, I can grow astilbes, astrantias, ferns, acteas etc.  I do water now and then to produce the best plants I can.  Maybe Cheryl can do the same.  

(Maybe I just love astilbes too much.....esp a new black foliage variety I now have )

plants for deep shade

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 08:03

Astilbes will thrive there.  include varieties with good spring foliage like Fanal.  superb copper colour then plumes of thick red flowers in summer.  

a nice combination there would be white arum lilies and purple foliage acteas  like Brunette.  Have fun Mandy 

Talkback: How to apply mulch

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 07:58

Carol, I think much as Punkdoc does, viz., to add a different, heavier more sunstantial compost now.  Yours seems to be very light and likely to dry out in the growing season.  

can you add some soil?  John innes or garden soil?  Mixed with dried manure and fish blood and bone too 

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