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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 08:25

Yes, Ilike your comment re the "shock" and "wow" factor Hostafan 

mixed with subtlety too .......quiet colours, grasses and form......for variety 


Posted: 01/04/2015 at 23:52

My eggs are eaten within a, really!  No yoke!  (). Usually get 2 or 3 too. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 22:42

Yes Wintersong, "flowering spires" for me too . They're not planted enough I think 

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 22:36

Thanks Runnybeake 

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

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Against all logic.......

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Wont go without a fight....

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Slugs knippimg.......

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Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

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An observation.....

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Mildew free monardas

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Boring, boring rosesN

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What will simply not thrive for you....

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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