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Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:17

My illumination pink bought last autumn are now in the ground.  Large plants with spikes appearing.  It does look like they are not truly perennial.  Got mine from QVC and will demand a full refund if they dont survive next wimter

Red Robins

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:00

You mean hard wood as regards cuttings?  Another thread currently on the forum refers to this but you can take cuttings now,or hard wood cuttings in September.  Take 3 or 4" stems and insert straight Imto the ground

Pendulous sedge

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:57

Spray with glyphosate.  Digging is my preferred option though.

If you spray cut off,flower heads if any first


Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:55

Yes you can, because I do.  

I do it because I have some spare so I put Imto large pots .  Won't be as tall but still look good.  Always best in ground of course.

Say NO to slug food.

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:50

Amanda, plants I like and grow too..echinaceas, agastaches, heleniums, etc and grasses.

I would use nematodes there.  In anorther current thread I have suggested picking off slugs etc at night.  It's very effective

Too many pellets attract slugs n snails too.  Just few scattered around is just as effective.  

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:47

You can prune Photinias really hard.  There was a thread recently about this...check it out.

Cuttings are easy enough I think. Only ever did one lot few years back and they rooted over the summer.  Use your prunings for could just insert them in a shady  part of your garden although this is best done in autumn 

Invasion!!!! Already frustrated!!!!

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:43

Well.  Welsh onion  beat me to it.  

Red dahlia, I know it's time, etc., but an old jar or container with salt and a little water and a torch is the only real solution. I do it and I'm a fairly busy so and so.

After dark, say 10 - 10 . 30, go out to your plants and pop the little blighters in your salt solution.  I think those little ones dont touch pellets amyway so picking them off is the way to go.  Also check under your pots.  

If you pick them off at this time of the year your young plants will have a chance to grow.  When they are bigger they resist slugs etc much better.

Or. Use nematodes.   Those sunken beer traps look awful and they are awful

slug and snail control

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:47


It stings a bit as I go for my daily early morning swim in it.  Lol

Any advise welcome

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:43

Have you tried ferns?  Some are evergreen.  Such a wide range of leaf colour, shape and size.  The variegated  periwinkle will do well there.....lovely blue flowers too.

Hydrangeas too?  

There are lots of plants...not evergreen...that will grow there to add to the mix

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:36


A recent thread about jap anemones and their invasiveness suggested they were almost impossible to eradicate.  Glyphosate worked well for me.  I think a dull day opposed to a sunny important for glyphosate. Too sunny/hot and the leaves seem not to absorb chemical properly.

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