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Talkback: Plants for dry shade

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 08:52

Plants are often adaptable but they are obviously better when grown according to their  requirements for tip top performance.  Hydrangeas need water.  Astilbes, Astrantias, acteas,,primulas, certain grasses esp carex, even edible like rhubarb need plenty of water.  

My garden has areas of excellent loam to sandy poor soil.  Mainly sunny but pockets of shade or dappled shade.  My planting is based on these conditions and experience has shown me the wisdom of appreciating localised microclimates even in our own little plots.  

for great plants research what they need...not what you think they will cope with.....and  plant accordingly.  Given those conditions your plants will look good and will thrive and "froth".  

Canna: Over-wintering.

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 08:26

Hiya Pauline.  Similar to your aeonium.  However keep it as dry as possible if you cannot take it inside.  A few days ago I cut back several large clumps of canna by a little more than half.  Can you lean a couple of planks or sheets of glass or something over your canna against the wall as well as using fleece?

cannas need to be dry now, esp if outside.  Drier the better there 

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 08:23

Pauline, are you watering it?   Let it be now.  Having a gaunt appearance is nothing to worry about.  In spring you can start to water and you can take cuttings from it...they are easy and quick.

no, don't put it outside.  Even here, where aeoniums can and do overwinter outside, I bring mine indoors


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 08:17

Morning forkers    Grey but dry here.  Bit milder.

black Friday?  My sort of day really but no time today and nothing I want.  

Good health everyone 

One last question

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 00:58

Done too 

Recomendations for golden 3-0 high yew hedge

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 00:54

jaybee,,I have just emailed Bressimgham as,they supplied taxus Coppershine to me. their nurseries now seem to be part of Wyevale so it's all Change.

i will send you some cuttings,in spring if you remind me Jaybee plus post a picture of my plant 

I bought a number of conifers from Bressimgham at the time ....conifers were a big item then for them......and many of them seem not readily available now including a couple of junipers.

challenge is on now for me to prove myself folks 

Recomendations for golden 3-0 high yew hedge

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 00:25

No, no no Salino. ,I know my plants.  Know what I have. Know it's name.  Tax us "Coppershine" because it is so distinctive. Well aware of other plants with suffix Coppershine.  Orange new growths that I've not seen elsewhere.  It is not esp slow growing or have any issues so very surprised not to see it anywhere.  Anyway, I'm determined to source it or identify it.  Expect an apology Salino .  I did post a picture of it while back 

hey I know the difference between taxus and coprosma.......!

Recomendations for golden 3-0 high yew hedge

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 21:34

Seems. I have something not readily available In Coppershine.  I will email Bressomgham and enquire about it 

Recomendations for golden 3-0 high yew hedge

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 21:15

Hiya Jaybee

is it not available right now.  Had it for 20 years I guess.  Think I got it from Bressimgham Gardens.  I will check it out.  it is quite a spectacular variety.  It has featured in pictures I've posted in the past on the forum.  

My Standishii ...I have 4 of them, 3 were cuttings from the original purchase.......are all 7 or 8' high and some 3' across.  Strong broad pillars that should make good hedge.  Other varieties variety I've known as taxus fastigiata Aurea is cheaper and wider pillar should make that hedge more economical.

i also grow a dark green almost black variety.  A combo of yellow and green may be worth considering..?

I will take a look online for coppershine

Enough is enough.

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 18:01

Mike will post again.  However, he knows he is welcome but needs to be considerate sometimes 

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