Latest posts by Verdun

How long for ground elder to die from starvation and dehydration

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 19:59

Get rid of the lot. the hellebore will die before the ground elder Nut.  

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 19:46

Rudbeckias Victoria?  Goldsturm flowers for weeks on end and will flower too when asters are out.  And late varieties of heleniums?  

Deep borders

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 19:42

Hard landscaping is often overly done and contrived.  However, in wet gardens it is prob more applicable.  


Posted: 29/09/2015 at 19:38

The big "secret" is moisture for hydrangeas. get PLENTY of organic matter into the aoil at planting time.  Get it deep too....a sort of reservoir....and mulch well annually.  Water regularly for best flowers.  hydrangeas will cope with sun under those conditions.

Charlie, can you plant something on the sunny side to create some dappled shade for your hydrangea?  A miscanthus grass will do the job. PH test your soil. if its alkaline maybe go for a dark red hydrangea.  

We have discussed the latest hydrangeas here and there are now some fantastic new varieties with dark foliage.

and,,yes, you can plant now 

Soil. How good does it need to be, really?

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 16:23

put a blue perennial with it like salvia Amistad, agastache black adder or aconitum or a purple foliage shrub like cotinus Grace or dahlia Bishop of Llandaff for a spectacular summer display. 

Deep borders

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 16:00

Bottom friendly pansy

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 14:20

Aconitum sfainless steel 



Posted: 29/09/2015 at 12:45

Gardengirl, not ideal right now.   However, when did you plant it?  If over the summer you could move it but get as big a rootball as you can.  Water it well but then leave it 


Posted: 29/09/2015 at 12:41

Hosta, Hosta, Hosta !!!   I is shocked 

heathers are delightful.  Evergreen. Reliable in flowering. Can provide spectacular winter flowers and foliage.  Aa ground cover they are superb.  As specimens they can be eyecatching.....a large white or purple or pink erica carnea in flower late winter/early spring lights up those dark days.  I have a border of winter heathers with yellow foliage and dark and green and even without the flowers they look attractive all year round 

heathers?  A must 

Annoying relentlessly spawning weed/plant

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 12:16

Was a problem for me too.  Weedkiller and digging with trowel though has practically eradicated it.  If you are thinking about hoeing why not dig instead?  Just make sure you get the bulbettes...! 

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