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Posted: 21/08/2013 at 20:39

Ogster, don't plant cotinus in a pot.  You will make it a far less attractive plant.  Make it your feature plant in the garden soil


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 20:36

Town gardener, I am guessing ??ou put your lavendar plants out as very small ones?  I grow mine on into 9cm pots and then into bigger pots before plantIng out  in Containers or garden.  I think over watering, esp if small plants, is the cause of your dying lavenders


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 20:32

Hiya clueless.  I used to grow this osteospermum....I.e. the white one...but just grow the purple and pink ones now for my hardy varieties.

However, a nursery fairly local to me.....cross common nursery at the Lizard in Cornwall does grow this.  I almost bought some in the spring but went for a variegated version, viz., Gweek variegated, instead.  This has the same white spoon petalled flowers but on beautiful green and white foliage.  

I don't know if this nursery does mail order....I,think it may do.....but come next spring I should be able to get a plant and maybe post it to you.  Find out first if they do mail order though first,ok? 

The osteospermum you are after is hardy down here but prob not where you are.  No prob though cos they root very easily from cuttings that can be over wintered in GH.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 13:31

How about convolvulous cneorum?  Beautiful velvety silver foliage and pure white flowers in spring and in summer.  Cascades and mounds..

Or a Phormium like sundowner?  Red, pink, orange leaves.  or yellow wave with yellow leaves?   Or a smaller Phormium with cascading leaves like Dazzler which is maroon red all year?

Or Libertia goldfinger?  Olive coloured evergreen foliage with white flowers in spring?

Or a scented evergreen shrub like daphne odora aureomarginata?  Lovely variegated evergreen foliage and exquisite spring scent?

Or a tactile shrub like artemisia Powys castle?  Soft feathery foliage for most of the year?  Aromatic, silvery and hardy if in good draining compost


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 13:20

Hi julie

Yes my answer to similar thread will be there too.  Good luck with it.  


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 07:54

Morning folks

Lovely again again I think.

Hung clothes on the line.....difficult to exactly match this background with red dahlias but decided on the blue underpants as a contrast.  And some grey socks hinted at through the diaphonous verbena bonariensis.  Think it works but these are real tests!   Decisions, decisions.


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 23:40

Cutting it back will not encourage flowering I think.  Libertia is easily divided.  I would do this in early autumn or in spring.  It's an attractive evergreen that would be spoiled by cutting back.  For me, it would be division in spring.  

Lawn weedkiller

Posted: 20/08/2013 at 23:36

I think Susan is asking about the brand Resolva.  Resolva lawn weedkiller is one I simply do not use now.  It does indeed  damage the grass too


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 23:31

Yes and they should all move easily with the exception of cotinus if it's been there for more than a couple of years.  Those "sun tolerant" ferns......they would also have to be tolerant of dry conditions in your raised bed.  What ferns did ??ou intend to locate there?

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 20/08/2013 at 22:00

Which helenium,is that busy?  Growing a few this year for the first's a learning curve.  They have been excellent but next year, now knowing exactly how,they grow, I will apply a Chelsea chop

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