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redesigning my tiny bland front garden

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 13:18

Am I the only one irritated by the planting of box...box balls, etc.?   It is sooooooo boring.  It's becoming like decking was a few years ago.

A row of lavendar along your pathway Jessie would look good and smell good.  If you want shrubs along this edge why not mix them?  Euonymous emerald n gold,dwarf purple berberis, pittosporum Tom thumb, cistena crimson dwarf (as a dwarf shrub or as a standard), dwarf hebes that come in silver/grey, variegated with yellow or those with red new growth, santolinas with feathery, tactile aromatic foliage, etc.?  I think a couple of evergreen dwarf shrubs, a couple of grasses, a phormium, some pinks with their glaucous blue foliage, colourful Heucheras, penstemons, etc.  would be infinitely more attractive and interesting. Alongside a path tall shrubs would not look right there.  If you can incorporate a "smelly" like daphne or sarcoccoca (sweet box) it would be fantastic.

Advice on planting out please!

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 13:01

No....I would protect all of them inside.  The hellebores?  Are they in small pots too?

Lawn Grubs

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 12:59

New to me Caz.  Are they slugs?

Before I suggest what I might do I  will wait to see what others say these critters could be. ,there are some pretty knowledgeable people on bugs, wildlife, etc. on the forum

Perennials planting time

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:54

Oky doky nut.  Will take my dog first tho

Perennials planting time

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:53

I share nut's sentiments here.  Size of plants and type is important....so can you give more info Supernoodle?.......

Perennials planting time

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:52

I share nuts' sentiments here.  Size of plants and type is important....so can you give more info Supernoodle?.......

Best variety of your favourite plant

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:48

It's a difficult one but looking at my salvias I was thinking which is my favourite right now. Some are past their best so it's judgement time.......I have Amistad with long bright purple flowers on black centres still lookingfantastic.  Leucanthemum has lilac and white flowers on shrubs some 5' high amd this is a contender.  Then uliginosa ..sky blue spikes with white tips which will continue to flower for many weeks yet.   Then patens with pale blue or dark blue flowers.  I think Amistad takes the honours.

So, what is your favourite variety, right now, of your chosen group of plants, be it roses, dahlias, shrubs,  heleniums, etc.?

 

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:33

Oops! Forgot.  Good morning FORKERS.

Very warm and humid here.  Looks like a great day to come.

Lucky you KEF having no vine weevils.  I have been vigilant over past few years and see much less damage now.  

Lawn Grubs

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:28

Great minds think alike dove!  

Lawn Grubs

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:26

Morning Caz

Two things.  You mention "lawn grubs" and "little mounds"

I think you may simply be talkIng about little mounds of soiI on the lawn....these are worm casts....worms coming to the surface of the lawn.  Just brush them off with a stiff broom. 

Or, you may be referring to leatherjackets......larvae of the crane fly/daddy long legs.  You can buy lawn grub killer to use right now.  Organically you can cover areas of the lawn with canvass or dark plastic.  Leave overnight.  Next morning these grubs can be seen so,pick them off and destroy.

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