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Whats happening to my conifer - going brown

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:47

No Mattt.  Thats it for them?  When did you buy them? Perhaps they have a growth warranty.....many garden centres do but if less than one year planted you still,could get a refund.

Shrivelled and dry mail order plants?

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:44

Louise......i agree totally with Matt.  Do not accept a reduction.  Say the plants are "not fit for purpose".  They were supplied in a poor state.  Demand a full refund.  You will get it.  If all else fails, tell them this has been reported on a national forum.  do it louise.  What do you think will,happen to you by (rightfully) complaining?  The sky wont fall in. 

Whats happening to my conifer - going brown

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:40

No mattt.  They will not survive.  Possibly dried out.....perhaps at planting time they were root bound or dry.  

Why not ring the changes and plant different shrubs there instead? 

Plant suggestions for my front garden

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:35

Hydrangeas will struggle there in a hot sunny situation Scgh.

a phormium in the centre would look nice there.......a cream variety like Tricolour would look nice in front of the red wall.

senecio sunshine is a low growing, mound forming grey foliage yellow flowered shrub and would enjoy those conditions. i agree with choisya, the green form.  aromatic evergreen glossy foliage with delightfully scented flowers in late spring. 

A conifer like taxus standishii for a lovely erect narrow shape or a mound forming variety will give easy care, attractive foliage. 

For a brilliant show of colour from spring to autumn check out cotinus royal purple.  Spectacular red/purple foliage amd would thrive there.


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 08:00

Morning folks.  Some drizzle on its way soon then clearing again.

Hostafan, clearly I dont know you but my feeling is you have all fhe "ingredients" to run a nursery.  Go for it if its your dream.  I  had a couple of opportunities to own a nursery but used a lot of pessimistic thoughts to argue myself out of it.  Have raised and sold plants successfully.....good money to be made if you are competitive.    Of course you already have a market here on the forum . Good luck whatever you decide.




Posted: 05/06/2015 at 00:20

Hyacinths maybe charley?

Digitalis illumination pink

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 22:02

A lot of hype about new there is about everything new.  Illumimation pink is not a true perennial by any means.  Currently I have white foxgloves flowering in my garden and I love em but they will be gone when summer is over.  Nothing wrong with traditional biennial foxgloves


First time grower - problems with young plants

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 18:57

Ordinary multi purpose compost Lucy is fine. 

gardening is a learning curve we are all still on 


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 18:55

Yes,,I was aware when I posted Hosta .....  my meaning was that grasses arent generally regarded as being flower as such. And, I just had to add "dancing in the breeze" to show to all and sundry how,,poetic...I can be 


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 16:28

How about astilbes Charley?  Some superb varieties now.  Some have superb foliage colour before the flowere come to give a very long period of interest.  

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