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Posted: 08/01/2014 at 18:05

And require different growing conditions.....rudbekias like more moisture and take more shade.  

Cornus alba Sibirica in Containers

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 18:03

Chicky, midwinter Fire still produces nice orange stems if not coppiced every year.  As you say it doesn't respond too well anyway.  So cutting just cutting a couple of stems to near the base is a good idea.  I also trim the die back in spring to healthy buds.  Die back is quite common on midwinter fire.  A good feed too helps.

Question about Cotinus coggygria regarding pruning

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 17:57

Cut mine back every year. free standing and another leaning/growing against a wall......and they make 7' purple impact by mid summer.  It's a plant to cut hard back, in my opinion, as the foliage colour is dramatically better for it. Ok, no flowers but it's the foliage for me. That growing against the wall is pruned by half way. The free standing one is pruned to  about 2' from the base.

(for colour contrast grow  eucalyptus gunnii next to cotinus)

Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 17:51

Can I also suggest a conifer   I'm very fond of, viz., Sulphur Spray, a juniper.  The foliage is greyish blue and forms a nice mound ....mine is about 4' high and 6' across after 15 years or so with annual trimming and sets off perfectly coloured foliaged heathers.  I have a a variety of winter heathers backed by  a naturally conical variegated holly ...golden king.....adds to a nice evergreen low maintenance winter scene I think.  Could this holly occupy your ex fence spot?

When to plant Deutzia

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 10:19

Hiya Paul

This is a dead easy plant to grow as lomg as you give it some sun and reasonably good soil.

I grow Mont Rose.  It produces massss of flowers every spring.  Pruning is the key.  After flowering cut out all the flowered stems to new shoots and the odd old stem baxk to the base occasionally.  It will then produce flowers high above the foliage.


Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 08:41


Yes, Erica carnea  and darleyensis varieties will thrive in alkaline soils. ,these winter flowering heathers are lime tolerant.  Surprised at how high your ph reading is though.

If planting these heathers you add mychorrizal fungi to the planting holes and mix in some ericaceous compost (not necessary but it's what I would do) I'm sure they will do well.  

I love a carnea variety called Foxhollow.  It has clear yellow foliage with red/orange new growth tips.  Vivelli has red flowers and dark foliage.  Ann Sparkes has orange foliage.  Lots of lovely varieties to,choose from.  Darleyensis and Mediterranea varieties are taller and help to create nice contrasting mounds

Unwelcome rabbits

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 23:29

You just need to find where they get in and fence it off.  The tiniest gap is enough.  In my experience where they run to to escape you is where they get in.  Can they get in through or under the gate?


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 23:26

Sad time fidget.  Best wishes

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:48

An easy, evergreen shrub with sweetly scented flowers in January through to March?  Sarcoccoca.  The scent wafts through the air beautifully    And honeysuckle too.  

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:08

When you get a "sensible" car, when you like sprouts and when an "old " person  ??ou meet is your own age.

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