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Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 18:14

That other thing? Photinia Pink Marble.  This is awful.  Now, come on folks I know some of you grow it.  Your plant is being attacked now!  

Those blowsy, shapeless things.....

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 17:13

Nothing wrong with colour and zing SV 

will look up Black Velvet...sounds good 

Autmum Colour

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 16:43

Lovely pictures Jacqueline 

good luck with your wrist operation.  I'm sure you  will be back to full fitness in the spring 

Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 16:36

........the point was and is if its a best seller many DO like it ! 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 14:17

Lawns cut, new bed half planted...leaving some flowerers a while lomger yet.  Looking right so far.

glorious day......warmer too. Maybe we will miss out winter this year 

Need some help

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 13:05

I will start off then sunshine preferred

hellebores are a must....they prefer some shade but mine are mostly in sun...give them plenty of compost....mushroom compost is perfect....pelleted chicken manure etc.  

Scent over winter and evergreen foliage from sarcoccocas and daphne odora aureo marginata.  

Winter heathers are superb evergreens.....many have golden foliage but all flower over winter through to spring. 

I am very fond of diosmas...check out Sunset Gold.  A lovely yellow evergreen with scented foliage and white/pink flowers in spring.  Highly tactile, low maintenance, and beautiful foliage that moves with the breeze. Not well known but will be more so 

heucheras.......yellow, red evergreen well as tiarellas and heucherellas. 

Grasses like blue elymus magellanicus, festucas and carex like testacea.

lupins are evergreen as is geum Totally Tangerine. Pinks have delightful blue foliage plus scented flowers all summer

you dont say if your soil is acid or alkaline....dwarf rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmias and dwarf pieris would fit  your criteria if acid

variegated small shrubs like euonymous emerald n gold light up the winter garden.  Pittosporum Tom Thumb has shiny black foliage to partner the euonymous well.  Silver shrubs like santolina, if trimmed, make nice evergreen domes.

you say all year round colour but don't overlook herbaceous perennials like astilbes, salvias, astrantias, asters, etc etc.  Plant bulbs near those plants that die down over winter.  New growth on such perennials can be amazing

anyway, good luck 

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Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 12:43

It has the advantage of growing where the jap acers will not. ,

if you want a larger bushier version of salix hakuro nishiki then grow acer flamingo.  The leaf colour is IDENTICAL.  Next year I will post pictures of them both.  I am confident the response will be different.... the willow is a best seller !?? 

Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 10:24

For me it is ace..r ......

Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 10:17

Fairy, Fairy, Fairy.......

Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 10:04

Aaron, well I LOVE acer Flamingo.  

It is a popular plant here and most are drawn to it.  A real eyecatcher

I cut it down in autumn and it makes a 10' tall and wide beautiful shrub by mid summer.  I pinch the tips two or three times in summer to promote deep pink new shoots.  Grow it with cotinus Royal Purple for a spectacular summer long display 

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