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Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 22:21

Hi happycottontail.

Astramtias?  Doesn't really make too much difference how hard ??ou cut back for second flush.  if it's the type to rebloom,it will do so.  Incidentally, for the foliage variety Sunningdale vsriegated, I cut it completely down to the soil last week  amd already new fresh variegated leaves are appearing.  For me, usually most astrantias will send up second flushes of flowers but I cut back as soon as first flush is past it's best. I do this with most everything

Scabious?  Butterfly blue, pink mist....already cut back 4 weeks or so ago and flowerimg again.  Bonus is it helps against mildew too. I cut to remove all "woody" parts leaving soft leaves.  Good watering, feed too if you want to, and hey presto.

 

Veronica Tissington white - advice on looking after it

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 20:12

Tissington white is a slight problem plamt for me.  Lovely when in flower (next to purple berberis) but rather a flat not very exciting plant right now. Need to rethink their position I think.

Yew tree query

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 20:08

Fred, dark green, light green, yellow .....all different vsrieties of yew but nothing amiss.

Get back to the supplier amd explain he nas sent you two different vsrieties.  

What are some good plants for colour during winter?

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:42

And the srems of the coloured dogwoods too......nice bark!  Bark?......I'll get my coat 

Japanese Anenomes

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:40

Honorine jobert, a white, is what I used to grow.  I think it may be less vigorous than pink ones, I don't know, but both are determined. 

I would dig deep amd thoroughly but concentrate first on the plant itself getting as much of that as possible.  Actually you may find many will be surface roots that. when soil is loose, can be gently pulled up.

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:35

The top, that variegated plant we cherish, has been grafted onto another rootstock.  The rootstock,is more vigorous and gradually takes over the plant. 

Similar thing happens with most variegated plants where the plant reverts back to the full green....and stronger growing.....plant it originated from

grasses

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:08

Looking excellent right now is a group,of hordeum jubatum.,,flowing,,billowing heads of subtle colours of all sorts.  Like Tennuissima but fuller and more colourful.  Aster frikartii monch about to flower alongside.

The foxtail barley grass is so cheap from seed so brill value 

dianthus

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:00

Too shady and too acidic soil amd too wet are the 3 main enemies of pinks, I think.

astrantia major

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 18:47

Oh yes,,getting too dry is astramtia's worst enemy.  Agree,,water it well....ASAP

Japanese Anenomes

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 18:43

I have eradicated anemone jap ...I thnk.  Aagree though that it is a survivor and hard to kill.

Digging, if,possible.....viz.,in soil with no other plants ......is a solition.  Like bindweed, get every piece.

I think it will escape any barrier....either going deep or over the top where you domt see it.

I would not grow jap anemones though.  I grow a hybrid, wild swan, which is infinitely better, lomger flowering, well behaved and has a bonus of a blue reverse on the petals 

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