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What goes into a new border?

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:06

Hiya Jesse

Think I would use horse manure in the autumn so not now unless you plant annuals this summer.  Then I would trench it in now allowing the area to settle before planting permanent stuff in the autumn.  I think annuals would be just fine even if manure is fresh but trenched in.  You could have a highly colourful border this summer with annuals a d it would give you time over the summer to consider your permament options 


Where are YOU?

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:51

We have a MAP Mike.  Many of us are pinned on it 

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:45

Djjuk, For cascading plants there Helianthemums, alyssum (the yellow perennial), Arabis,  osteospermums, convolvulous maritima, verbena homestead purple, Erigeron, and others will thrive.  My front wall,has these in abundance for colour from spring to autumn. 

Convolvulous cneorum, if you're not in too cold an area, is a womderful silvery velvety plant, sub shrub, with pure white flowers in spring and early summer.  Will give height of 3' but cascade too so perfect wall shrub.  There are cascading brooms, nepeta, and  blue shrubs like caryopteris and ceratostigma for late summer flowering.

Try the not so common abelias like Confetti with its lovely variegated foliage, the euphorbias like silver swan, and the red version rubra.  Try a grass like fescue elija blue or stipa Tennuissima for movement and grace.  What about the purple pittosporums which will love the sun?  Get silvers and greys like santolina and helichrysum, the curry plant, in there.  

Yes hebes but euonymous emerald and gold, Lonicera nitida Baggesons gold, ligustrum aurea, etc too.  Fuschias like Genii with yellow foliage and red flowers, spireas  like goldflame produce orange red foliage and pink  flowers.

Consider a eucalyptus like gunnii....pruned annually it produces lovely blue foliage some 6' high annually.  Put cotinus royal purple alongside and you have a wonderful foliage association all summer.  Consider too Acer Flamingo, a tough beautiful shrub of grey, cream, pink and pale green leaves.  I cut mine back to ground level every spring and it makes a mound of glorious colour 8' high every year.  It is a real  eye catcher and always evokes approving comments.

Not just flower colour but foliage colour, foliage shapes and textures need to be checked out.  

I could go on and on as more plants  occur to me djjuk but you have an exciting 

Project there. 


Recommend online plant suppliers

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:19

There are lots of excellent online suppliers and cheaper than supposed.  

Go to parkers, T & M, jersey plants etc etc for bulbs and to the seed experts for seeds but for plants go to the many listed on this thread and on the "good guys" thread.  

You can get most every plant you want online and delivered in perfect comdition.  I visited my local garden is a famous chain across uk....and could not get anything I wanted.  Their prices have gone through the I told their plant I ordered online.  Plants arrived last week and even with postage were comparable to that of GC.  But, varieties not available locally.  

Online suppliers are eager to please, often their parcels can be tracked, and if bought over 6 plants usually much cheaper than GC.

If you have a good local nursery check them too out but often they are closed during the winter and early spring.  


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:47

Pool looking good Dove.  

Red Robin

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:37

Hiya potterpeat, nice to have you on the forum

I think you may have answered your own question because I think waterlogging could be the reason.

Any new shoots?  

I would leave it alone for a while.  Do not feed or prune just yet.  

dying honeysuckle

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:34

I think a lot of people will see plants showing signs of distress because of an over wet winter.  Is your plant in a damp position?


Controlong Japanese Maple size

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:14

Hiya Rococo.

I prune my acers in spring just as growth is showing to remove die back and dead branches.  Also to control the size somewhat I cut back to encourage bushy growth.  

Not sure jap Acer enthusiasts approve of this....judging by a similar post few months back but it's how I do it.

Can you provide perfect conditions for acers,or near as damn it?  i.e. shelter from strong sun amd cold winds and a reasonably moist soil?  If not don't grow them.

To keep the "big one" small prune from the start.  I would prune branches back to strong healthy shoots amd do this every year.


Compacted soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:04

Tootles, your border obviously already has plants there.  My ground, even though a light sandy loam has become hard lately too.  All that rain and then a long dry spell.

I would use a cultivator scratching the soil down to about 2 to 4".  This will allow rain to penetrate and soften your soil.  When you plant dig a generous hole too and incorporate compost.  I agree with mulching too as well as applying a granular organic fertiliser around the plants there

My feeling about rotavators is that they create a hard pan under the soil surface, can spread perennial weeds and generally do more harm than good.  Just take your time.

In the autumn apply a generous mulch

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 16:19

My delphiniums all look good except for my fav ....eaten by slugs tho I think. Usually it is about 9" high right now.

Couldnt see caterpillars though but clearly they are about 

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