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Perennial project the forum way

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:24
Got more info now
25 feet long by 3 feet deep. Good, moist, deep well worked soil.
Aspect two thirds in full sun ..bit more shade in rest. Possible frost pocket.
Enclosed garden. Protected from winds. Climbers like honeysuckle already established.
Want all year round interest. And attract bees, butterflies etc

To me that plot is good inviting so many possibilities. Only 3 feet deep so bit limited.

Verbena bonariensis shouts out..perfect for bees etc, light tall attractive for months. Budleia harlequin with it's variegated green white foliage is a must too. A couple of miscanthus variegatus......attractive white well as some spikey plants like Veronica's, agastaches, dwarf delphiniums. A couple of good well chosen hellebores, couple of hostas, Heucheras and a wonderful grass called hackonechloa would be on my list. Carex testacea is lovely olive "grass" that would grow well there. A mixture of mounds and spikes....campanula dicksons gold, a lovely evergreen yellow mound with blue flowers next to elymus magellanicus,a blue grass, next to dwarf purple berberis...endless possibilities.
Certainly have good astrantias there as well as astilbes
Daphne eternal fragrance is a must there, some where, too. An evergreen small shrub that flowers for months. A couple of spots for the blue salvia patens and lilium regale bulbs for fantastic scent. Oh, gotta put in allium purple sensation dotted about too
Any ideas folks?

Got any 'ose?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:53
Oh, Tina, it shouldn't be hard job to get it planted. Don't disrupt rootball too much but make sure it's not root bound. Can someone do it for you? Get something decent in the hole too. Nice with blue or pink geranium under it

Got any 'ose?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:42
Tina Hakuro Nishiki is lovely plant.
They will grow very well in in containers but better in the ground
Right now....Mine done couple weeks back....I prune off all dead wood back to pair buds on every shoot, feed and mulch. They won't look too good right now but soon leaf up

Perennial project the forum way

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 14:14
Oh, got info I asked for so will post later

Perennial project the forum way

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 14:13
Thank you mummy. You didn't give me my sweets last week when I didn't tell that lady when you pinched from that shop. I didn't tell no one, did I?

What type of Bamboo??

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 13:34
Ziggy, consider alternatives to bamboo. Ornamental grasses like miscanthus, stipa, Calamagrostis grow quickly and flower well.

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 13:29
Bob, I totally agree with growing echinaceas in large pots before planting out. From personal trials I realised they need to build up large root systems before they flower. Do the same too by removing early flowering shoots. Then they flower their socks off
Red dahlia, I would wait just little while longer before using lawn weedkiller....not too long. Growth will speed up soon and weedkiller will be more effective

All year plants

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 13:14
Lovely to have shade and sun borders.
If soil is good on shady side I'd plant a couple of shrubs. Sarcoccoca, hydrangeas and skimmias good evergreen and body. Couple of ferns, astilbes hellebores, astrantias. How long is this border? Don't plant it totally with perennials for now.....I would use new guinea impatiens in between.
On sunny side, again if soil is ok, Potentillas give summer colour, albeit not evergreen, berberis Darwinii, senecio with its grey foliage n yellow flowers, and buddleia ...wht better for attracting bees n butterflies? Mounds of foliage like santolina interspersed with asters, lupins, ornamental grasses, etc.
Verbena bonariensis,is a fantastic tall, see through plant always attracting bees etc and looks amazing for months.
Again though, don't overpaint with expensive perennials right now.....use summer annuals in between. There will be plants you will want to plant as time goes by

Perennial project the forum way

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 12:52
And I'm still little bit poorly but I'll be alright.....probably. Ha ha

Perennial project the forum way

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 12:50
Hang on tina. Will get there.
Have asked for more info to go on the forum and then we can all add our opinions.
Already have some modest ideas but Tina, yours will simply be the'll get my coat.....

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