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Which Actea simplex?

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 13:00

And rightly so Flowerlover.  

Be aware though acteas tend to shoot a little later than many other perennials.  Mark plant spot with a cane.  And get some "goodness" in at planting time.

 In one area I have a few millium effusum....Bowles Golden Grass ....growing around my Brunette.  Lovely yellow stems,,leaves and flowers.  A few blue hyacinths too......

Fruit trees

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 12:55

In that case Misselong, if ground is not frozen or wet plant them then.  I like fruit trees planted well before spring if possible. As long as the soil is workable ...i.e. reasonably dry planting time

Which Actea simplex?

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 12:43

......oh!  And give them space.  Their leaves are pretty large, sculpted and, for me anyway, never eaten by slugs etc., so best not to let other plants grow across them

Which Actea simplex?

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 12:42

There are differences though.  I have Black Negligee and this is definitely the blackest foliage

I have Compton and Brunette and Pink spike too

lovely foliage plants Fairy said, not great differences.......but the essential thing to recognise is their need for good, rich soil.  Dappled shade too if possible.....I provide this by planting taller things, e.g. A miscanthus variegatus (tall white grass) , on the sunniest side.  

This year, after some 3 or 4 years, my acteas have never been better.  Tall, white scented flowers in mid to late summer were delightful.  Dead head and they will flower for ages.  Must admit acteas are one of my fsvourite plants 

Fruit trees

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 12:12

Plant them asap Misselong.  Just make sure roots are not circling. Tease out roots at base and sides.

use a mycchorizal fungi too when you plant.   When you do make sure the roots are in direct contact with the fungi 

Sedum Autumn joy

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 11:39


Sedum Autumn joy

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 07:53

Ewe you live and learn Buttercupdays 


Posted: 06/12/2015 at 07:44


Sedum Autumn joy

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 18:22

Philippa. i think it's that it's such a long growing season here that they grow huge so then flop.  I struggle to make them short and sturdy. the most sturdy for me is Postie's Pride

Made a plan, Hebacious border for next year

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 17:32

Perki,,rozanne is well behaved but it is vigorous that's all.  Wonderful if you can give it room to make a wide mound.  Poking through goldsturm could be messy cos they both creep and hard to comtrol.  Far nicer grown imtact I think

i grew one Monch with Goldsturn and they combined beautifully for months 

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