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Posted: 07/09/2014 at 22:28

Achilleas are essentially light dryish soil dwellers.   Winter wet is likely to kill them. Should,they survive winter heavy soil is likely to create leggy, disease prone and tatty lanky foliage.   I think they would spoil your otherwise harmonious helenium,rudbekia, grasses plan. Heleniums  and Achilleas would look wrong together I think 

Even on my generally sandy loam soil I grow Achilleas on the poorest parts because they then look better, flower better and remain compact   

Chlorotic skimmia and peris

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:53

About right I think obelixx.  

Lupins help with cutting back...

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:51

Those "beasties" are prob tiny snails Tintyc.  

Cut back to clean back all the greenery. Remove dead and dyiNg  debris.  Scatter a little fish blood n bone. ,spray with fungicide.  


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:46

Not sure achillea is a good choice there Supernoodle ?  Think your soil is too heavy.

Grasses like miscamthus would be  suitable if planted in spring.  Hackonechloa would love it there as would acorus, Bowles golden grass,Imperata  ( if planted in spring ) various carex and molinias .

Dont fancy astrantias and astilbes there Supernoodle or do you want a summer garden only there?  Tiarellas perfect bedfellows too on the lowest tier ...they can flower off and on from spring to summer with delicious foam flowers 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:34

Had great day....birthday......and, strangely, lots of cakes of varying hues  and a lovely meal.  

Been great weather yet again.    

Chlorotic skimmia and peris

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 14:53

Agreed's just that Epsom salts is such a cheap option and invariably is the solution to (magnesium) issue.  Great tonic regardless but always worth a shot.  Personally, this year I have used Epsom saltsinstead of sequestereme and have healthy Rhodos, azaleas,,pieris, lupins and the lke .....for peanuts 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 14:47


Heleniums are fast becomi g a favourite for me.

No don't divide until spring.  I,wouldn't plant out now until spring either  

There are a couple of helenium  specialists out there...just the in heleniums and they are there.  

Look through the descriptions and narrow,down your choices with regard to neighbouring plants  likely  to be there.  

Good soil produces good plants.  Soil that won't get waterlogged in winter but will hold some moisture in spring and summer  Then you can grow them in the sun.  Their foliage can get tatty so think about something to grow in front of them....yes, rudbekias   are good.  Aster frikartii monch too, lobelias like Tanya, Hadspen purple, Queen Victoria , anemone wild swan, deschampsias.   Acteas, dahlias and tall grasses like miscamthus, and Calamagrostis plus veronicastrums and tall salvias like uliginosa  will  create equal or taller height too.

Moreheim  beauty, sahins, el dorado, hot lava, ....well a few others too....all add different colours to my garden and have been for,most of,the summer.

Did I say?  I'm quite fond of heleniums 

Chlorotic skimmia and peris

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 12:41

Come on flora rose!   You were just testing us, weren't you?

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 12:40

Thanks everyone 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:19

Ooo chicky....that makes you my favourite 

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