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Shifting perennials

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 23:13

planting pots in the soil also means plants can be placed later exactly where they are needed later.  Agree exactly with Hogweed's point on this.

for me there is no doubt at all that plunging pots of hardy perennials is very sensible 


Posted: 03/10/2016 at 21:53

Pokhim, deep borders are great........go as deep as you can.  

i have a few deep borders and they are so much more rewarding me on that 

You don't have to use everything you have ....too many squashed in will result in thin weedy looking plants that will never really look good. 

Ceanothus 'Puget Blue'

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:45

As much sun as possible Pokhim.  Ceanothus will never flower in shade or survive an average winter.

 If only been in place for 2 months then it will move easily but you may be surprises by how much the roots have grown so allow for a bigger rootball.

in your new planting spot excavate as big a hole as you can......a metre across is not too much 


Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:39

Pokhim, you will need much more than 3' between your hydrangea and pieris.  A min of 6' to 8' and then some

Ideally allow several feet between shrubs.....put perennials between them or you will end up with a boring hedge.

weigelas ARE boring except when in flower.  However, Florida variegata is different.....foliage is very nice and earns its place in the garden for that reason. 

You said pieris and hydrangea together and you have acid soil so practically you can do that but neither sets the other off well

how much space do you have?  

Where to buy fleece? Online?

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:09


are hardware stores nearby?  But Garden centres and DIY shops stock fleece 

Fleece is very cheap if you buy it "on a roll" .  Poundshops sell it too ...prob for £1 ? 

Fleece is not something you want to buy online...postage will make it relatively expensive


Posted: 03/10/2016 at 12:36

Flax will make superb individual plants GD.  I grow them on into 1 litre pots before planting out in spring as bushy specimens.  I grow them as group of 3's 10 to 15 cm apart.  The effect is a long flowering, bushy and healthy mound of colour

I grew them a few years back as a clump and they made puny individual poor flowering specimens.  As with all plants, I think, for best performance grow them as individually strong and robust 

Shifting perennials

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 12:20

I'm moving perennials around now...perfect soil conditions aitchvee.  They will be fine.

Concerning the small plants in pots....if they are hardy (do you know what they are?) ....I disagree with the above.  Yes, plant them out in their pots in the ground as a group or apart. If you are concerned at all when winter bites you can throw some fleece over them.  The roots will be protected against frost etc and any new rooting will be negligible. perfect place to keep pots safe without cluttering up  GH etc. if you have some spare space in the garden. 


Posted: 03/10/2016 at 12:09

Sheila I would water really well before going away.....raining or not

it is unlikely that there will be warm, drying weather after December so you should be fine. 

I think you can relax 


Posted: 03/10/2016 at 07:55

GD, I grow the blue flax but have grown the red...and yellow flavum.

yes, easy and short term perennial here so I sow fresh seed every couple of years

it's not the slugs that are the problem rather more so are snails.  Two attacks:  early spring and then again from September.   right now lots of tiny snails attack my flax so torch visits for a time are important.  

Easy on free draining warm or hot spots 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 17:01

Lovely day.  Feeling extremely warm.  Moved more plants but really a day to enjoy the sunshine 

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