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Daphne Odora Aureomarginata

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 08:03

Supernoodle, good morning

Daphne odora aureomarginata grows well down here.  My soil is neutral and good draining.

Is your soil heavy?  I think, yes, it may be too acid but to add lime to your soil would spoil Your garden.  Don't do that....just for one plant.

Its clear your daphne doesnt like your soil.....too heavy, too acidic and prob too wet (?)

I would put it in a pot....don't overpot.....and I would use. John innes number 3.

Good luck Supernoodle 

orange evergreen plants help

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 00:04

Beat me to it shirlsgw....geum Totally Tamgerine is a must.  Flowers for months over evergreen mounds.  Cannas, lilies and tulips come in orange too.

I grow echinacea Tiki Torch, Marmalade and Summer Sun.....all oramge.  And agastache heatwave. Orange gazanias too.  

Spirea Goldflame is a orange foliaged shrub with red orange new shoots amd if cut back duri g the summer a little will produce those red orange shoots again during the summer.  

Agree  with berberis spring this evergreen is covered with brilliant orange flowers.  

Ok,  many of these are not evergreen but you can get orange colour in your garden with these plants.  


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 23:48

Osteospermums love it hot.  Nepeta,Helianthemums, Cistus, caryopteris, ceratostigma, aeoniums, etc.  eryngiums, yes, but check out Jade Frost.  Sedums, from the tiny to the herbaceous perennial ones, will do well there.  

Semecio sunshine is a silver grey shrub with yellow flowers and enjoys the sun.  Most grey or silver plants like sun.  Check out convolvulous cmeorum.....velvety silvery shrub with pure white flowers.  Helychrysum......curry the most silver of plants.  

Dracaena palms come in purples, reds and yellow varieties and would do well in hot situations. 

......the good guys

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 23:35

Allium, yep.  Paddock Plants are superb.  People....try them.  Excellent prices and service.

Heucherholics another good supplier

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 21:41

I grow a couple of these. They do suffer some dieback after winter so I remove these to leave a problem-free plant for summer.

They don't like it too dry. They need to be watered very well at first.  Jonny, did you soak the rootball before planting?  


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:57

Bit misty at times and some drizzle but very warm.  

Grass cut, agastache Blue Boa, coreopsis...coreopses?....., agastache black adder and summer sky,a couple of lupins and another grass planted.  Oh, and 3 pots of lilies too.  With daff foliage gradually being removed the summer perennials are now being seen.

Returned a couple of leucanthemum Broadway Lights today.  Ironically those In the garden are fine but a couple I potted up and kept in the GH rotted.  5 year growth guarantee on them so got money back.  

Commented MrsG  on the grasses thread 

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:49

Ok, none of those are actually grasses MrsG.  None of these produce those wafting flwers you wanted

I disagree about comans though......doesn't seed for me and is well Behaved.  I think it's  a beautiful thing......mop head and moves in fhe breeze. Carex buchanii seeds though so maybe confusion there but it is darker....more red....and tightly erect. Nice though as an accent.  

 Testacea is a beauty. 

Carex like moisture ge really.  Grasses usually like it drier.

A lot of carex are similar so make su??ou what you get is different enough......but carex can be boring at least some of them. ,grasses are softer, more tactile (try touching a carex seed head amd it will irritate your hand.  Not a touchable plant for path  edge or for kids)

MrsG, please don't buy because they're cheap.  Your list above has similar plants.  Avoid Juncus.......awful 

Ideas for large rectangular planters

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 16:06

Hiya Jayne

Libertias...some lovely varieties now.  Golden/olive stiff foliage with small white flowers in spring.

How much wind do you get there ?  As long as it's not a howling gale every day   Pieris is a great plant for a container. Evergreen, brilliant red leaves in spring and early summer and white flowers in spring.  Highly colourful,,highly attractive and easy......except you need to use ericaceous compost as its an acid loving plant. Nice variegated varieties like Flaming Silver and Little Heath too. 

Pieris would be set off perfectly by your white walls

Suitable place for acer?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 12:59

If the site is relatively sheltered from cold winds, from the hottest of direct sun and soil is reasonably moist an Acer should be fine there Mags

You don't really need it to be too acid but a good mixture of compost, ericaceous soil and/or bark  chips plus a little organic granular fertiliser is added it should be fine.

Make sure those conifer  roots are removed....leave no stump behind if you can.  Water it well

The soil will be depleted, dry, hungry and poor so mix compost etc. generously in it.  



Posted: 02/05/2014 at 08:53

Little weeeed, good morning 

If it's for vine weevils nematodes are very effective.  

Two things......bit early yet to use them but you can order them for delivery at correct time.  Also, you will need to scrape gravel back a little to effectively apply nematodes. They are living creatures and need to be in moist soil to survive.  Drench your pots after scraping gravel  back and then push it back to cover watered soil.  I like to water again a couple of times ....not drench this time...during the next week or so. 

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