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grasses

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 20:54

getting carried away now....dont worry, just a couple.....for now

this is hackonechloa

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52959.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:08

Nice ....very nice Berghill.  Would love that space.  

More than ever you guys are tempting me to move to bigger garden    ( have to take my plants with me tho)

grasses

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:59

Yes I know Salino.  Have it in a few places now and, like you, intend to make a larger impact of them.  May make a coloured grass, hosta and Heuchera bed this autumn.  Got my eyes on couple more hostas to incorporate there. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:55

Just to wish you well Woody......sure it will all be great   Where did that year  go....I recall you preparing for last year's show and it seemed like yesterday?  

And the pub next door.....how did you arrange that?  

grasses

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:43

Why thank you kind lady.  I only planted what someone else produced but it will give me colour through to October 

grasses

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:37

as promised a picture of my imperata...jap blood grass.

not enough to put into garden gallery but enough to why it should be in more gardens

now turning brilliant red...at its best in couple of weeks.  these are from divisions of my own earlier this year.

 Tiarella behind...flowering for second time this year...and itself a division from a friend last autumn.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52949.jpg?width=544&height=350&mode=max

 

just peeping through is echinacea milkshake

What goes with what?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 09:06

Bekkie get rid of the pampas grass for a start....it's a plant for isolation and space.  It's also a thug and not nice around children (those leaves are sharp)

Not sure about the colour wheel, dove, perennials can be moved and divided to ri g the changes if things clash.

Heucheras and pinks go well together Bekkie.......out of flower the blue evergreen foliage of pinks comtrast beautifully with red/purple evergreen Heucheras.  In flower too they blend. 

Whites?  Never put 2 different whites together....one will always outdo the other.  However whites are essential for me. They never clash with anything.  

Try to understand how big your geraniums might be.....some swamp everything others more restrained.  

Plan now, on paper, how your plants will look, complement one another and contrast.  Think of the winter scene too.  Can you get some structure, even low forms....erect, upright like grasses. Libertias, Phormiums, ......over the off season? 

Seems like you have sun and shade there too.......so plant accordingly.  Plants actually look better when they are happy

How about a list of exactly what plants you have, what you may add and a description amd size of your border?

Bad year for Impatiens?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 08:51

Tend to agree that, although apparently free of mildew now, impatiens do seem to lack vigour.  

I grow a few new guinea vsrieties .....cuttings every year......and they are very good.  However, they lack the charm and pure floriferousness () of the standard varieties. Also they seem to flower later in the year.....mine have flowered for a month or so.

It should be a good year for impatiens......if grown in the shade.  Don't  like squashing plants in together but the odd white tucked in bare spots in the shade look good I think  or, conversely, a bed of them (that's exactly what I plan to do for next year somewhere now I've thought about it.....7 or 9 white new guinea impatiens interspersed with jap blood grass)

Where's Mike?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 08:39

Back on top form Mike 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 08:36

Storm has passed leaving legacy of extremely humid air. Dry and plants look refreshed.....as atter of fact a dahlia looked up and said "thank you" to me.  It's true 

Although hot I'm glad we don't have heat many of you are enduring.

Our local council is changing care providers for vulnerable people....disabled, elderly,,autistic.....and it's causing a lot of distress.  Many are confused, frightened and    Upset.  Can only imagine their fears but it's hardly "care" is it?

Glad I took pic of agastache last night....the lupins alongside them were the (only) casualty of the storms last night, as I expected . No probs, they have been flowerimg for weeks now. (my local GC has some womderful lupins, some of the best I've seen, but I will resist temptation to buy right now) 

 

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