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Choosing a flowering shrub for garden - where to start?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:51

Situation is crying out for a honeysuckle. use galvanised wire and galvanised screw eyes to create a support and plant a good scented variety.  It will flower for weeks,in summer and be semi evergreen.  

pittosporum Tom thumb

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 19:53

Tom thumb is the small purple pittosporum.

a large beachball?   this is going to be difficult Mrs Garden

I grow several of these......they are trimmed every year, sometimes twice a year.  I keep mine at about a metre high and as much across. 

Rogue plant taking over garden!

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:55

Hello angloaussie and welcome.

I don"t recognise this plant/weed. 

However, if it is "taking over" then treat it as a weed.

is it easy to dig up?  Does it flower?  If its easy to dig up then do that.  Just make sure all the roots have been removed too.

hopefully my reply will bump this up for someone to identify for you.  (Was an aussie in my childhood days )

gooseberry mildew

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:48

I wouldnt eat it.

any spraying regime for me would be a winter wash.  Correct pruning to allow good ventilation helps a lot helen.  

I do not spray anything I eat....what is the point of growing your own if you spray?


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:40

Wot...for me Mrs Garden?  Thanks. Love roast pork 

rub it in...cant grow meconopsis baileyii 

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:05

People are still comfusing "chelsea chop" with cutting back perennials in mid summer to generate more flowers.

Matty.  Your salvia is best by simply removing dead flower heads/stems.  Better to do this before the whole stem has flowered. When flowering becomes sparse then cut all flower stems, feed and await a late flowering


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 16:00

Also try a copper pipe/tube around the plant.


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 15:57

Mrs Garden, well all dahlias are tender.  However the Bishop is as tough as they come. Here they are happy in the ground all year round but perhaps you should dig it up and divide it in autumn....2 plants  next year then 

been busy planting my nephew's garden.  New build with concrete everywhere.  Had to replant stuff they put in because nothing was planted properly.  Bloomin' hard work. Also planted camelia, salvia Amistad, large pieris, dahlias, penstemons, and a load of other stuff.  Everything was planted up against the fence and wall. Looks pretty good now, I think.  Will plant an acer for them too against a sheltered white wall.  They provided lunch for me when I said "feed me. Feed me" and mock doubledup.    Well, I was hungry! 

Warm dry day

Solanum Glasnevin

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 15:46

Hello Shamrock.

i grow the white form....never noticed seedlings. ,however, I believe it can and does esp the blue variety

another plant for topiary

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 08:01

Yew is not that slow and is perfect.  Dark green through to,yellow

depends on what sort of topiary......cones, domes, whatever suitable on baggesons gold, euonymous, pittosporum, varieties of box, junipers and yews can be clipped annually to make dense, compact structure in the garden.  I do a lot of this.  

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