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Trees For Containers

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 20:14

Hi Kukie

you say trees but how about shrubs?  Camellias are lovely evergreens with beautiful flowers in spring.  Pieris too has spring flowers but red new leaves and beautiful all year round.  Rosemary, esp Beneden Blue, has aromatic foliage and brilliant spring flowers that often re appear during summer. 

a favourite conifer of mine, taxus standishii (that I constantly recommend) is virtually indestructible.  Lovely colour changing foliage from olive to yellow and always looking attractive.

OK to prune this thuya occidentalis?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 20:06

Ah! That's the point.  Most conifers need to be stopped before we realise they have suddenly become too big.  In addition, I like the tidy look in conifers.  when " tidied" conifers remain dense and relatively compact.  All my conifers are trimmed annually and....I think.....they look good.  

I do follow the natural lines of conifers....their neat structure for me adds to a garden.  I  am not a topiarist.....(?).....but I have several evergreen shrubs shaped too that I love.The relative untidyness of the spring and summer garden associates well with the formality of conifers.

Berkely, I agree that the conifer should be no taller/bigger.  For me that straggly top removed will provide the max height 

OK to prune this thuya occidentalis?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 16:35

I would remove that "straggly top" now Berkely. It clearly irritates you so a quick snip with secateurs should improve its winter appearance. Agree with Salino though that any other pruning/trimming is best done in spring.


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 12:27

Right now it's beautifully sunny.  changing  quickly though.

quick visit to gc this morning as I passed by.    sales are on but the reduced prices are still too high. Sure I could haggle for less but not sure I really want them.   Can get most of those plants online and cheaper and greater varieties

Garden makeover - Ericaceous beds

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 12:16

John, you need to do a ph test first.  Then you will know for sure what plants you can grow well

if acidic, don't just use Rhodso and azaleas.  How about kalmias, pieris, callunas, jap painted ferns, camelias, corydallis purpurea, acers, hackonechloa, Dianellas, Nandina....heavenly bamboo (not a bamboo).  A nice blue hydrangea in there too if you have the space

I get badly beaten up if I condemn bamboos but I would not include any.  





Posted: 13/01/2015 at 12:00

Toby Buckland was not given a fair chance and I felt he was bogged down with a silly format.  He seemed very knowledgeable and he trialled plants ...I recall him comparing new varieties of echinaceas for example and experimenting with growth techniques.  Love to see him have his own show. Verdun 


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 11:51

Hiya Wadie

 I am in Cornwall and leave many dahlias in the ground over winter.  And they survive.  However, my soil is sandy draining.  

If you think the ground is soaked and will get even wetter ...and could lift a couple and pot up if the tubers are sound.  If they are sound it will also give you an idea as to how the remaining tubers are.  I would be inclined to dig them all up, even now, if you have the room to keep them dry and frost free.

I would pot up using dry compost you have a greenhouse or porch, etc.?

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 08:45

Good luck today Matty 


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 08:44

KEF I've arranged for spring again this year start late Feb 


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 08:28

Getting windy.  Showers.  Chillier now than last night.  cold tonight, ice and snow in the forecast (hopefully here it will be just rain) and then very strong winds tomorrow.  Who said spring is just around the corner ?  Oh!  It was me 

keep warm and safe folks 

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