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Best hemerocallis

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 11:13

You like hemerocallis Mark?  

Are there other variegated varieties?

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 11:11
  1. It looks like a panicum ....heavy metal?    However my I'd skills here are not great.  Somewhat better in real life though 

If its a panicum.....and for sure its not gigantea ........look out for little button flower now forming af the tips.  


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 11:07

I really do think pinching back regularly, doing the Chelsea chop, choosing varieties that are slightly shorter(.e.g. Heleniums) removing long stems on dahlia and choosing plants that stand up to the wind (e.g. Acteas) is the way to go.

I have lots,of tall and very tall perennials in the garden amd all are still in fine fettle.  Cannas, bonariensis, veronicastrums , agastaches all do well against wind as do many tall  grassss that aren't  a bit  miffed about  wind or rain.

Always stake dahlias early, lupins have their spikes secure if they are ESP large, delphiniums always staked. 

You best reccomendation

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 08:48

Of course, this is all academic.  Everything depends on situation, soil and exposure.

Whats happening?

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 08:46

Those secateurs sound excellent Smokin .   Most of those around now are rubbish.....always breaking them 

Sounds like a good way of life out there ....

Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 08:18

No, don't put a wall there.

Get rid of that hedge Ian and plant something else.  those conifers will not regrow and anything planted with it will look odd and fiddly and sick 

I would use euonymous aureus, Taxus ( the dark green,,almost funereal one), escallonia, golden king holly, or Lonicera nitida battlesons gold.  However, check out golden privet.  This is a surprisingly attractive shrub.....during spring and summer it looks delightful and is easy to maintain.

This forum

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 08:06

Well, I awoke with a beard and still have a shocked appearance 

But,  I like it 


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 07:58

Hiya beaus mum. Just wanted to show hostas aren't all eaten by slugs n snails.  I have a few around the garden in the ground and in pots and they are all good condition 

This summer has seen an explosion of slugs and people may reason they cannot grow hostas.   They can

BizzieB,,yes, they will be  as good next year and thereafter.  They get bigger and more,majestic 

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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 07:53

Bekkie, yes try different plants.  Heleniums are fairly new to me, prob only 3 or 4 years.  Always prejudiced against them as they always seemed not to be grown well. ,love em now. Always trying out plants 

One thing though....and it's corny amd oft said but grow what your soil and conditions will support.  Plants will look happy, will resist disease and pest better and will thrive. secondly, don't be tempted by sales hype of those brochures.  Check out for yourself how plants will really be in your garden.


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 07:43

Hope you're feeling better dove. And Clari.  Me?  Never ill me?  

No real storm down here and it's looking good this morning.  

What a mess the world seems to be in.....the news is full of barbaric treatment and war. And the world just watches and politicians talk amd talk as genocide is happening ..........

Enjoy your day everyone 

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