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The very best variegated herbaceous n perennial plants....and do you like em?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 11:00
Variegated plants ....usually...are a must for me. They can add so much colour to a border Now, I know some people hate them and see them as sickly, chlorotic and problematic but not me. For example, I have a variegated hemerocallis has orange flowers in summer but right now and through to late autumn it is a bright, clean-lined beacon in its partially shaded position. Variegated polemoniums too....why have them just for their flowers when the foliage is so good. Variegated lavenders, erysimums, guaras etc etc. variegated caryopteris ...with green white foliage or yellow foliage..... Could go on but what does forum think? friend or foe?

How do I prune this plant?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:44
Oh, plant a yellow grass ...Bowles golden grass .....alongside and the effect in summer is magical

How do I prune this plant?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:42
Looks like elymus magellanicus.
(I'm notorious for mis diagnosing photos on this forum.....should have gone to specsavers, well, I did)
It's actually a lovely blue colour quite like it.
Gently pull out or cut the old grass, the straw coloured foliage.
In a couple of weeks, when it's warmer, you can cut all growth near to the base. I live in a mild part of the country and have already done this.....some 4 weeks ago and it's now a blue mound some 30 cm tall

Your experiences with Astrantia

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:34
Hiya mel
Was the maple indoors too?

Your experiences with Astrantia

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:33
Hiya mel.
Back to one of my fav plants, astrantias
They are late in "emerging" anyway. At least that's my experience.
They have probably dried out....well, they have done.
Take them out of,the greenhouse and water well......let drain and water again.
I would keep them in their pots until you can see new growth. Give it another week or so before planting out into the garden.
Astrantias hate drying out....they will wither away in hot sun in well drained soil so part shade and keep moist. Then they are superb....I think

Sweat pea -disaster

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 08:26
She's sending it to,me in the post. Can't wait


Posted: 16/04/2013 at 08:10
Morning everybody
The Boston explosions put everything into perspective.
Pure evil in a world that really wants peace.
Yes, Fairygirl, we should count our blessings


Posted: 16/04/2013 at 00:03
Agree with long as the plant isnt too big. And water, water water
Reminds me, I want to add a white hydrangea to a shady part of my garden. Will source one asap


Posted: 15/04/2013 at 23:58
Fairygirl ...I am shocked by the language tonight

Advice on a single container please

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 23:55
Check out carex comans bronze.
It's a vigorous foxy coloured grass some 2 ' high and fountain like to rise and then cascade.
It thrives without attention, likes it hot and dry and most people are attracted to it. Perfectly echoes the grass theme of your other pots. It moves, sways and adds unique colour. One of my favourite grasses.
It won't contrast with your other grasses but it will complement them beautifully. Don't judge comans bronze by the little upright plant you may see in the will fill out and do,it's thing by mid summer

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