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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 21:15

What sort of planting do you go for?

contrasting plants is being bolder, taking risks and even trying to provoke? Complementing them is safe I think.  Cooler, more genteel, taking the easy option?

I like both styles....I feel more "grown up" with complementary planting, it's easy on the eye....grey foliage and pale blue flowers, for example...but the youngster in me also likes to stun people with bright contrast dahlia and yellow/orange helenium?  Purple lobelia and red echinaceas?

Room for both I think and that's what I do.  

Complementary gardening a touch of class or timidity?  

Any views?

Online plant ordering

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:57

Plants packed yesterday and arrived this morning.  Large and u damaged. Excellent 

Online plant ordering

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:24

Yviestevie . Think we agree though...quality over quantity ?

I'm in SE England do you think I'm safe to plant my seedlings out now?

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 19:42

I have loads of plants in large pots that have been potted several times.  They will make an impact, some of them immediately, when planted out.  Bigger plants will resist pests, diseases and weather much better 

I'm in SE England do you think I'm safe to plant my seedlings out now?

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 19:36

Not seedlings Ryan.  Patience. Coddle them a little longer but pot them on again too to be able to put out bigger plants in a couple of weeks 

summer flowering shrubs?

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 19:34

Consider hydrangea paniculatas Sam.......they grow fast, will flower on this year's growth and are eye catching shrubs.

hypericum hidcote is a semi evergreen with large yellow flowers all summer.  Plant aster frikartii monch with it for summer lomg blue flowers.

deutzias, buddleias, skimmias......long list Sam....but consider foliage plants too like Acers, euonymous, pieris with red new leaves,  physocarpus Diablo, even blue eucalyptus.  evergreens too with shades of green, olive and yellow.  Shrubs like daphnes can provide scent and attractive variegated leaves

Online plant ordering

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 19:26

No Sam.  Don't just stick to Crocus. ,there are so many excellent plant suppliers out there.  Crocus is average...good but average.  

There will always be some satisfied customers with Parkers, T & M, etc., but a huge number of unhappy ones.  They supply tiny bare root things and they are not cheap.  By and large these companies are RUBBISH ....with due respect to those who are satisfied customers.   They are fine for seeds, bulbs etc but that's all 

I buy most plants online now.  Excellent quality large plants that can often go straight into the garden and look good immediately or soon.

dicentras delivered today are in flower.....almost there anyway.  Hardened off but I always protect slightly for a day or two to make sure.  I now have white dicentra flowering with hellebores, blue pulmonaria, dadodills, as though it has always been there.

check out the "good guys" thread.  If there are certain plants you want ask us here.  Many dedicated plantsman suppliers out there 

Leaf curl

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 19:15

I remember you recommending this last year Bob.   must look into it 

Splitting Geranium Rozanne

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 17:20

Nadia, it should be an easy and successful operation.  

Try digging a chunk from the side ....I think you need to get a decent size for it to grow away quickly.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 15:31

Sowed more carrots, transplanted peas, moved a camellia .  Not too much sunshine but very pleasant conditions.  Rain coming I think so will help settle it all in 

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