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Front garden

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 08:45

Morning obelixx

Never known hollies to be that slow.  Usually buy them at 3' plus . I have 3 varieties all  needing trimming every year.  Ditto with my experience of ofhers' hollies.   I guess it's pretty cold and inhospitable where toy you are but it would be interesting to hear what others think of hollies' growth rate where they are



still wide awake!

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 00:22

Get to sleep lily.  And put that light out   

When to Prune?

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 00:19

Agree with Bob

Not sure I,would prune now until next year if it's a new tree.  I'm a great believer of summer pruning which is done ...depending on where you early August.  This involves restricting lateral growth and forming "spurs" but you can think about this next summer when you see how it's growing 

Front garden

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 00:13

Consider too the hollies.  Golden king is superb and not too slow growing. Can be clipped to its natural conical shape. 

Pittosporums....garnetti is a splendid looking evergreen with grey/pale green leaves and quick growing. 

Phormiums come in all sorts,of colours and grow tall quickly.  Great contrast in form, shape and colour.

I too like the yews.  Taxus Standishii is a favourite of mine.  Lovely yellow ochre foliage in winter and butter yellow now.  And with the occasional red berries.  A tough and attractive pillar.  

Hebes......salicifolias grow fast with lush looking foliage and summer flowers 

Escallonia...check out peach blossom,and a lovely white (that I grow) called Iveyii.

Euonymous aurea grows fast with superb foliage.  Lonicera nitida Baggesons Gold is another favourite of grows quickly in a cone shape of olive colour.  New growth is pale creamy yellow.  Tough too.

Border Ideas

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 21:19

Think you are right to consider dry shade plants.

What about brunneras?  I grow hadspen Cream.....beautiful forget me not blue flowers in spring for a few weeks.  Many geraniums, ESP,the phaem  group, will grow there.  I grow Margaret Wilson,which has pinky blue flowers over white foliage.  This is stunning. Heucheras too....snowstorm has white foliage....most of them have white flowers.  Japanese painted ferns,,although non flowering, have grey/blue folkage.  Pulmonarias too would thrive there.  Blue Ensign has gentian blue flowers in spring.  Heucherellas come  with white flowers.  aster frikartii monch should grow well there too, ESP if you can incorporate some compost.

How about hellebores?  Get plenty of goodness in there and go for white flowered varieties.  I grow lithodora heavenly blue in the shade.  Euonymous,emerald gaiety has white variegated foliage.  white busy guinea hybrids,.....would fit in, again if you add something to the soil. Blue and white periwinkles, some,of the campanulas, epimediums with white flowers, white Japanese anemones (although they are invasive so need comtrolling) white lilium regale with scented white flowers in summer. Liriope is a late summer lavendar blue evergreen grass like plant. How about hydrangeas?  Lovely white varieties.  You need to add plenty of compost, manure,etc to the soil though. If your soil is acidic blue hydrangea would be fine.  Think about hostas....I grow Fire and Ice.  It has mostly white leaves. 

I grow lots of blue flowering plants but generally my garden is mainly a sunny one so most of those I grow would not fit your,situation.

Im sure others will offer suggestions for blue and white flowers. I too will have a further think

Urgent help required

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 20:41

I grow couple of aeoniums in terracotta pots.  My mix is similar to that dove has suggested except I use perlite imstead of grit.  However, aeoniums do grow tall, even tho I cut them back in spring (for cuttimgs)  so I think grit is prob better.  It is heavier so better stability.  I,have grown aeoniums swarkskopf outside for few years and they can get pretty big.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 20:21

Good evening folks.  Been good day...met up with people not seen for a while.  Weather has been nice but not sunny. 

Stacey,,that sounds reasonable explanation, doesn't it?  Sure you will be fine. 

Fairy.....buying at GC again.   You must resist temptation like wot I do 

Is Tina still about?  

Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 15:57

Ha ha.  So I will get it in March or April and then post it to you.  Will pm you at the time Dove.  


Qqqqqqqquite exciting........

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:10

Well, I'm qqqqqqqqquite excited right now.  Sun is out and it's lovely

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:09

Lovely word Dove.....beatifically.  Not seen it used in a long time. 

In your post,, read quickly, I thought you said ??ou were "roasting toads in the oven"  

So your favourite cherry tomatoes?? Didn't like Sungold so prob return to gardeners delight or Supersweet


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