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Planning planting combinations

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:32

Ok, not a photo person...too much....but will publish one of Coppershine.  It will be at its best mid spring I guess.  Agree it's not readily available now is it?  Cant remember where I got it but it's a few years old now.   I will have to propagate it and sell it to make my fortune   I trim it at summer's end so it averages 4' high and 5' across 

Scroggin, yes, acteas can grow in the sun but then need good moisture retentive soil or those lovely coloured leaves will crisp and curl.  I make sure my acteas receive top up of water too now and then

Dove, frikartii monch, verbena rigida, even geranium rozanne in front of Cornus aurea?   Better still geranium black beauty.....almost black foliage, mound forming (so 3) and gentian blue flowers in summer.  For a bit more corneyness how about hackonochloa next to black beauty? 

Planning planting combinations

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 09:06

Just noticed scroggin's suggestion.  I love acteas too.  Beautiful purple/brown foliage and scented flowers in late summer but,doesn't like strong sunshine so didn't suggest this.  A bit of shade there perhaps? 

Planning planting combinations

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 09:02

Bit early to get thinking cap on yet dove but it sounds exciting.

Midwinter fire is, for me, weak and disappointing and prone to die back.  Prefer elegantissima and aurea.

How about a couple of heleniums in your bronze/gold bed?  Height, long flowering and  vigorous.  

Spireas like goldflame would add solid shape and colour (orange with red tips in spring and again during the summer if clipped back)   Photinia little robin is a nice looking shrub with.....I think....less leaf problems than its bigger cousins and good red leaf colour on smaller leaves 

Echinaceas like tiki torch (orange) sunset (red) marmalade (double orange) etc too. 

For a blue element at the front of the border...amd inmthe sunniest poss spot....linum perenne provides glaucous waving foliage and delightful pale blue flowers.....great near that orange spirea (?)

For another yellow/orange evergreen "shape" how about Taxus Coppershine?  Easy adaptable plant.  Mid spring produces orange foliage with brighter oratips new growth.    Foliage changes throughout the year. 

Sick looking Weigela

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 08:39

Photo needed methinks

Bit early to judge shrubs, perennials yet.  I'm sure casualties will be high because of saturated ground over winter.  Mid spring will be telltale time.


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 08:34

Hello forkers

Stacey, remember to get some goodness in the soil at planting time...these new Echinaceas need more nutrition and water. I too have issues with labels......the indelible ink  just faded..!!!!  Oh, yes.  Some astrantias are later than others.  They are pretty tough so they prob are ok.

Lost all that sun now.  Windy and cloudy and rain imminent 

Panda.  He was just testing your pot for durability.  Blokes have to know these things 


Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 08:25

Well done Mike.  

Very useful list 

Sorry you aren't feeling too good..........take care 


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 23:07

Oops!  Not ice cream is echinacea Milkshake I have coming out.'s nice to have edible stuff in the  garden.  Think of all that healthy fruit soon. 



Posted: 23/03/2014 at 22:58

Enjoyed the brilliant sunshine today.    Really was enough to get a  sort of tan I guess.  

Sat outside with cuppa for few mins workIng out what to replace my dead Acer with.  Think I'll put Canna Durban there....have few large ones in pots.  Lots of flowers on 2 peach trees. So looking good for fruit crop.    

Planted golden spirea I'd grown on from last year.....grown for orange foliage with red new shoots,the flowers will be denied.  A very under rated foliage shrub IMO..

Echinaceas outside .......marmalade and ice cream sundae another double are shooting.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:25

I would have cut it to ground level anyway Stacey.  Come on, you know you knew what you were doing really!   It will be much better plant now


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:20

Nice to see Blackest again 

Beautiful day.  Really summery.

My water leak seems to be from an old water pipe going to next door.  He knew I was tracing it but today he casually memtioned the water emptying onto his property.  Silly, silly man.  I asked him to check a couple of weeks back but he has pools of water where his garden tap......running from my supply.....used to be.  Think he knows I'm slightly annoyed.    

Right, outside now 

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