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planting grasses

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 17:36

Hiya B3

the miscanthus, all of them, grow big.  I divide mine every 3 years or so.  Do you want to plant perennials with them?  I.e. Heleniums, rudbekias, veronicastrums, whatever?  

my big grasses are at least 10 to 15 feet enable perennials between and to create varying heights and textures.  as I said, you can divide these to keep under control and you can move them too if you want to.  You prob will so it is not crucial can change spacing

unless you want a prairie grass planting where nothing else but these grasses will be planted then you can space 3 to 5' apart.

pennisetums too can spread quite rapidly although much shorter.  Again be prepared fo lift and divide every 3 years or so but these can be 3' away from other perennials.

carex testacea is compact....will enlarge every year. I again divide to provide more clumps

I could post some pictures to illustrate their scale and habit right now.


Soil beneath rhododendrons

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 17:23

Hello Christine

nice size area and it would be good to keep it acidic there, wouldn't it?  Or do you want to make it more alkaline?

what you decide determines what plants do use there

garden compost, leaf mould..if you can get it, and ericaceous compost when you plant anything.  Mixed in well with your soil.  Everything mulched.....pine bark for example.

one fern I like is fhe japanese painted prefers more acidic soils.  

Do you want to plant more rhododendrons?  Dwarf varieties but lots of shrubs and perennials that like acidic soils

exciting Christine! 



what's looking good ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:09

Aim to have something in flower for every month a target anyway.

spring is usually full of flowering bulbs, for example, and lots of fresh new colourful growth so you can consider planting things for this late summer will still get the new growth in spring of these plants but the benefit of the flowers now.  

hellebores too but in in late winter and spring but providing good foliage over fhe summer as a foil for the summer flowers.

Vermiculite or Perlite

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:01

No lyn, a ton of feathers is lighter than a ton of lead.  

Wouldnt want lead in my duvet.......!!

sky rocket grasses

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:58

I found sky rocket......the variegated be less hardy.  Caroline,,you may well have lost yours if there is no sign of growth now

move fuschia

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:35

Yes and trim roots and tops

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:33

Dry and sunny with the forecast threat of showers

picked so many tomatoes......masses.  Beans too.  Deadheaded dahlias ....helps to lighten the load after the rain.  Slightly premature perhaps but I cut lobelia hadspen purple stems.    Been superb prob near 5'.  Hopefully fresh flowers will apear.  Opens a clearer view of rudbeckia goldsturm.....this just glows with those dark yellow flowers that have been a show now for several weeks with no sign of stopping.  Deadheaded anemone wild swan again as well as echinaceas

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:23

Sounds painful Bob 

Plant problems

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:22

The compost in those pots looks wet....

i think you are over watering cstonemw5.  

Your hydrangea?  What is black wrapping around it?  What variety is it?


Vermiculite or Perlite

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:45

I use perlite for adding to compost for cuttings and seed sowing. Also for plants like aeoniums growing in pots for sharp drainage.  

Dont use vermiculite...prefer grit for top dressing.

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