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Planting advice please

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 08:15

Morning Sammymummy

firstly, great preparation.  Ideal.  Secondly, great you are having a many are getting rid of lawns and exchanging for concrete.

i would not bother with Eternal is not as good as its hype.  The shrubby winter honeysuckle wafts fragrance in winter

A choisya is a lovely shrub...aromatic glossy evergreen foliage and orange/vanilla scented flowers in spring and early summer.

a scented climber?  Jasmine or honeysuckle?

vertical upright structure?  A conifer or two like taxus Standishii provides weight, scale, colour and structure.  

Linear foliage plants like phormiums for a change in texture, colour and shape.

evergreen perennials for winter flowers like hellebores. 

I hate the idea of filling gardens with "bargain" packs of perennials.  I suggest going slowly by buying only shrubs and perennials you REALLY like.  Aim for quality from the start.  Fill gaps with annuals for first year or two.

PH test your soil too.........if determines if you can grow ericaceous plants or not.  And what sort of soil you have...heavy or light.  Is it a warm or cold garden?  research plants that will thrive in your conditions....

when you have determined your conditions we can suggest plants 

exciting though Sammymummy! 


Posted: 03/10/2015 at 07:58

Hello forkers

going to miss these mornings when fhe weather changes but another beautiful day to come. early morning walk with the dog.  Rain.....yes rain!.....expected tomorrow night. That will really make me realise summer has gone

hey!  The world will be different as from Monday. All the major issues in the world will be solved.  Our air will be instantly cleaner.  We will be paying for our plastic bags. 

Got busy day.  Enjoy your weekend folks 

Red Hot Pokers

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 21:31

Copperdog, I think I would move them now....warm soil, etc.  You have time before next spring to consider some nice planting in the foreground.  

Over the years we all get to know how to grow things to best advantage and covering coarse foliage is one of them 

only recently have I come to appreciate least those flowers

Red Hot Pokers

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 19:41

I have varieties with pretty good foliage Jo.    Still in flower. 

Plant recommendations

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 18:08

Hi Tina_i-am

yes sarcoccoca is good choice....lovely scent in late winter.

how about a yew?  yews, taxus, are tough robust plants.  Standishii is a lovely slow growing upright conifer with golden yellow foliage.  There are mound forming varieties too.  New growth has touches of copper/orange too.

Red Hot Pokers

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 18:02


yes, that's fine although the foliage helps to protect crowns against severe frost over winter.  If its cold where you are  you might want to leave foliage uncut over winter in future.  

No, wouldn't tie the foliage up

Can you plant something in front of your pokers to disguise the foliage over wimter?  Maybe some bulbs, wallflowers or low evergreen plants?  



Posted: 01/10/2015 at 21:20

Great minds think alike Fairy 

in most gardens there are different "micro climates" .....created by other planting or buildings or aspect etc.  

Agree too about different varieties .....some are intrinsically more robust than others.  Some colours are "weaker" than others too.  

My garden is of reasonable size...not huge....and is in 2 parts as commonly seen,,viz., front and back gardens.  Some plants thrive in the front and struggle in back and vice versa.  Also in same basic area there are shady, sunny, exposed and sheltered spots. Then there are unexplained spots where certain plants will so well but not elsewhere yet comditioms seem the same.  So, if a plant does not seem to like where it is planted try it in different positions before rejecting it.  

Geum Totally Tangerine

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:50

Well done Busy.  

Thankfully moles is not a problem for me.....


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:47

LeeD, yes,,it is probable mildew will return year on year.....sorry Hosta 

look to change your growing comditions esp the soil and moisture holding content.  

Scabious used to be a problem for me with mildew......I moved plants to better position and incorporated generous organic content into the planting area.  No more mildew

cutting back a mildewed plant, spraying with fungicide, cleaning area and mulching and watering will help.  However, try your plant elsewhere Lee 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:40

Excellent Kathy......grass esp 

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