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Ground cover plants

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 09:07

Morning Dolly.

Sounds like you grew a variety of hypericum....calycinum....and this will take over.

Geraniums like rozanne (blue flowers all summer), Ann Folkhard (lovely yellowish leaves with magenta flowers), Wargrave Pink (pink) are all tough, spreading (not invasive) colourful and easy. There are varieties with coloured foliage like Pink Ice.

Campanulas like Portenschlagiana ....already mentioned today in another thread.....provides blue flowers over a long period.

Helianthemums.....sun roses.....are evergreen summer flowering plants with white, pink, red, yellow or orange flowers.  Quick growing.  

osteospermums provide white, pink or purple flowers and flower forever.

Ground cover can also be provided by shrubs and taller perennials too.  

Acer Bloodgood leaves

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 08:55

Ok, well I would leave things as they are.  Prob slugs then.  Just go and check it regularly for them.  

It sounds like you have it in a good position might be just settling in.  Did you water it a lot?

Did you get it from a reputable garden centre?  Perhaps you could exchange it. 

Propagation of Campanula Portenschlagiana

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 08:49

Hmmmmm!  Easy peasy to propagate.  Too easy!    This is a vigorous spreading ...almost invasive variety. No subtle technical skills required.  Just cut down with a spade and plant the removed clump, roots and tops.  When planted I trim foliage and water well.  Any flowers.....yes, I propagate this during the summer too......are removed too on plantImg.  

What is this poor little thing?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 08:42

Dracaena palm/cordyline   We call them dracaenas down here in Cornwall. They grow everywhere hence lots of Dracaena Avenues, streets, etc 

What is this poor little thing?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 08:40

Looks  like a dracaena palm to not great on iPad.

You have done the right thing.  Dont overwater it.  

It is hardy but growing under a bush is not ideal.  It likes open sunny even windy spots.  

I would keep it in its pot for a while but if you have an open situation ...once it starts to 

produce fresh planted in the ground.


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 08:30

Hello forkers

Politics dominates the eurovision contest.  We has a good song but not the best.

wild swan is an anemone.  Introduced only 3 - 4 years ago.  None of the invasiveness of Japanese anemones.  Longer flowering.....mine flower all summer long......pure white flowers with delightful blue reverses.  Wild Swan is a true beauty.  

Brilliant warm sunshine but the odd shower.  I think it will be mainly dry.  

Might pay a visit to local nursery......well, I am passing!.........cos she is ordering a few argyranthemums for me.  

Whatever your weather, have good day folks 

Acer Bloodgood leaves

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 08:22

Morning Coys

Can you give more info?

Is it in a pot or in the ground?

Is it windy, very wet or exposed there?  Have you been overly keen with the hosepipe?

Any signs of new shoots?  

Pest-wise, vine weevils are partial to acers. 

How big is your plant?  Is it small?

Since you bought this in January you should be able to return this plant to GC for replacememt/refund 



Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:57

Dove, I think being told he's great is as good as the pay rise for your son in law.  It's why my niece decided to go elsewhere because she felt under valued.  She is only 20 but knows her worth.    Praise, if genuine, is such a boost. 

Well done Stacey.  You will love Wild Swan.  Just make sure it's got some decent compost in the hole.  a tad of dappled shade, methinks too helps. Sounds like a cracking garden you have there.  

Oooo, forgot.  Congratulations Busy Lizzie. 



Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:46

A friend....I'm always called upon to do her garden (5 plus acres).....wanted her lovage moved.  It was a massive clump so I simply dug it up, cut it in half and replanted one piece and the other was claimed by someone else.  After 4 years or so iI is again a large clump. However, it was done in the autumn.

I think you can take root divisions even now but I would cut a generous piece from it.  Not sure it is a pot plant though.

Sorry, cannot advise re tree peony.  Not something I grow.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 17:48

Another round of planting.......agastache Tangerine Dreams, a new one for me, planted next to salvia patens, pale blue version. Just one more plant to go in this bed to complete it. Allium purple sensation is currently occupying the space but will move it after flowering.  I think it's how I want it but I'm sure I will change something 

Been lovely day....showers locally but not here......friends in high places.....but windy. 



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