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suggest small to medium plants/shrubs for year around interest

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 14:03

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!   Anything but roses Newb

nothing looks worse in winter, they need spraying and they are vicious. They are UGLY shapeless things.  (Ha ha    now expect more comments Newb cos roses have fanatical admirers 

No, don't put a lawn in.  Looks great without one.

scented shrubs...choisya, Hamamellis, Winter Beauty, sarcoccoca, Cheerfulness daffs, hyacinths, regal lilies, heliotrope, dwarf mock orange, lavendar, lemon scented verbena, pineapple scented salvia elegans.....are a must there with the scent wafting around.  

Foliage colour too

did I say noooooooooooo to roses ?

Frost got my dahlias

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:38

Cool, even cold wakeshine.  Not warm.  Keep frost at bay.  Shed sounds ideal.  

Wakeshine, don't overthink this.  If your dahlias are kept dry and frost free they will be absolutely fine.  Here and in many places dahlias are kept in fhe ground so they aren't too "precious." 

Ceanothus query

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:34


Ceanothus query

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:12

Anna, leave it now.  Enjoy the flowers whenever they come.  All sorts of plants flower more than delphiniums for example are in flower now and have flowered 3 times since late spring  

after flowering next year prune then as usual.  

If you cut your Blue Mound now you will lessen its resistance to the stresses of winter.  at their best they are not the hardiest of shrubs anyway 

so...enjoy Anna 

Frost got my dahlias

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:06

No the tubers will be fine.  Yes dig them up now.  Cut off foliage.  Put upside down in gh on a shelf to let them dry off wakeshine.   

I keep dahlias in the ground here except for those I want to divide....never wait for the so called "frost effect" . 

you can pot them up or put them in cardboard boxes and newspaper, fleece etc., to keep frost at bay over winter.

suggest small to medium plants/shrubs for year around interest

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 12:55

Always have a lawn if you can but I agree with looks too small an area for lawn and would look odd If so.  

can we have a photo from the house and can you say how big the lawn might be.?   If there is space for reasonable size lawn I would include it.  Not keen on a rectangular lawn ....some curves somewhere? 

Structural plants apart from shrubs would look good there ....phormiums and a grass or two to break up the lines.

Newb looks lovely but I would make several sketches to combine plant colours and shapes (mounds and spikes; low and high) 

i sense an impatience and exuberance ...I relate to that....but it would prob be good to take time to assess and re assess to get things as you want them 

Watering spring bulbs?

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 09:13

No watering and outside so take them out of the cold frame for now.  but watch during heavy rain that they don't get too wet.  Check now and then and cover or back in cold frame if compost is wet.

good idea to plunge pots out in spring 

Re bulbs in pots.....root growth rather than top growth is important. allium Purple Sensation potted a few weeks back have lots of roots.  I am planting some out now with no sign of shoots I want them. 

Blueberry propegation

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 08:58

Done a couple and I found them quicker to root than other soft fruit.

use acid compost with grit though 

pear trees

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 08:54

Ian, how old and how big is your pear?   An old established tree will not move well 

Good advice from Onopordum....agree exactly.  Some roots are likely to be damaged by digging up making root inspection very important. 

Hot Lips

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 08:49

Hot lips and similar can be cut almost to the ground in spring without any harm.  All of my (many) salvias are hard pruned this way except for those left outside over winter.   I dig up some now, trim the roots slightly and cut tops back to soil level.  They can go into the gh or similar but they will produce nicer denser bushier plants.  

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