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Anyone grow Agapanthus in border

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 07:54

Agapanthus, when happy, will spread vigorously Perki. Here in Cornwall they are very large plants.

i grew them in the border for several years but they are not considerate partners in a mixed herbaceous normal size garden.  I dug up several as they had become over dominant.  Remember their foliage is the only feature when out of flower creating a large uninteresting space 

kniphofia would associate well but eryngiums need far more sharp drainage....besides the blues will clash...one "outbluing" the other.  

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 07:45

But don't plant masses of lupins like that in your own garden folks. fantastic whilst in bloom but bloomin' awful for the rest of the year.  Mix n match for variety, form and colour all year 

Reclaimed chimney pot

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 07:42

This is being overthought Meomye ......nitromorse?  Pressure washer?  

i have gathered several old chimney pots over time.....all of them were previously painted and a couple with gloss paint.

simply brush off any loose flaking paint...no need to go overboard.  Then apply a diluted masonry paint or a masonry sealer.  Then a couple of coats of any undiluted masonry paint.  

I have yet to overpaint any of them despite being a few years old.

HELLO FORKERS! part two

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 07:36

Morning everyone 

I guess it's cold but it doesn't feel like that. . Much lighter, no wind and dry for a walk to beach earlier.  Apparently frosty just couple of miles eastwards so...again...we are doing well here 

no chance to garden today but lovely day to come 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 22:18

I Shouldn't have had that lager Steve.....you lost me there 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 22:12

Contrived because Tootles' garden there has its own "shape".....a strong definition dominated by that wall and will look odd if curves are added to it

in my own garden curves are everywhere .....horses for courses Steve 

 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 21:25

Tootles, usually I am a "curves" guy but they would look odd and contrived there.  

You can create an illusion of curves with your selection of plants....a bold planting of 3 or more of, say veronicas, can look more imposing than, say a single low grass or sedge and emphasize the difference.  Even more dramatically a tall miscanthus grass and/or verbena Bonariensis will interrupt the eye when a low planting precedes it.  

Mixing groups with single specimens, mixing textures like phormiums and libertias with mounds like heucheras and santolinas etc.can create

one or two evergreen shrubs like pittosporum, holly or whatever can add to the variety too.  .  

And that wall....cover parts but expose parts too.  A jasmine for scent would be good for example.

Phyllostachys Bissetti

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 20:36

Same thing will happen to that variety of bamboo too Steve.  And fargesia is not cheap.

re phormiums Sundowner is excellent.  Tall, richly coloured red/pink and vigorous.  Tricolour and Cream Delight are nice creamy variegated types 

Sensory Garden

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 20:32

plants that release strong scent when touched or brushed against like lemon verbena and salvia elegans, the pineapple sage are essential.  Nothing releases a stronger lemon or pineapple scent than these.

heliotrope, as annuals or perennials, provides wonderful "cherry pie" fragrance to fill a garden in summer.  

Phyllostachys Bissetti

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 20:25

Surprised Steve.  You ever tried to tear a phormium leaf?  They are tear resistant.  Snails can cause damage but wind? No way 

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why did we worry?

 
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Guess what this is.....

 
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Lupins a'flowering

 
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Inspiring or what?

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