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How do get a great front lawn?!

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 21:39

Sunflower, there is nothing mysterious about grass seed.  And the ads for super green grass are a tad, well, over the top.  

The grass seed is determined by what you want.  Then choose the seed that matches your criteria.  Its the last stage of your preparation so plenty of time to choose.

Seeking suggestions on back of border periennal

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 18:11

Heleniums a big no...they need moisture

euryops, eryngiums, anthemis like Mrs Buxton, all agastaches, salvia guaranitica (tall, hardy blue flowers into autumn), potentillas both shrubby and herbaceous, achilleas, caryopteris, grasses in the Stipa group, echinaceas like White Swan and Magnus Purpurea ( the older hardier forms), persicaria red baron, phormiums (red like Sundowner) and yellow like tricolour or Yellow Wave, ceratostigma wilmottianum, veronicas ....mine are well over 80 cm....salvias in the microphylla group (colours from white to cream, to yellow to red), leucanthemums esp in second year get much taller, gaura corries gold, malva alba, ......many more too

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:40

The best therapy is to yield and buy and post to me

Salty Air

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:38

Some attractive oleariias flowers, white flowers.

Rockin Blueberry

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:36

Did you use ericaceous multi purpose compost or john innes ericaceous?  The former is too lightweight and dries out too quickly.  If it "flopped" about in the pot I suspect you used mpc...?

Staghorn Sumac

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:33

Need patience and persistence though Steve.  Stag horn does spread and sucker.  Not a plant for any garden. 

In the lawn try a lawn weedkiller.  this with regular mowing...ideally snipping it off as soon as pieces seen...should help.  Outside the lawn I would use SBK brushwood killer or strong glyphosate.

digging it up has simply agitated those suckering tendencies.

Salty Air

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:21

Eryngiums, thrift, hebes, senecios, santolinas, artemisias, griselinia,,escallonias, olearias, erigeron, osteospermums, phormiums, berberis esp darwinii, grasses like fescues. Winter heathers, ........lots more too

when can i move them

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:13

You can Vickie.  Little late.  They are fairly surface rooting.  thorough watering in is essential.  Good moist soil too produces much better flowers.  You may lose flowers but rudbeckias flower for lomg time so maybe September time ??

How do get a great front lawn?!

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:08

Well, its certainly a start again case sunflower.  

You can achieve a really good lawn though without using fine grasses.  Preparation is still key though.  it neednt be that labour intensive and can look attractive.  Mine is now pretty good looking.  Green, level and nice to be on.  initially wanted that desirable first class lawn.  


Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:03

Susan....trampolines and donuts, wot could be better?  Is that why donuts keep getting stuck in my nose?

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