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more grass advice please

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 14:01

Hackonechloa are fabulous grasses.  Classy low mounds.  Plant as 3 clumps for good effect.

Miscanthus and calamagrostis are tall grasses........easy and lots of varieties for foliage colour and flowers.  Miscanthus variegatus has lovely green and white sharp clean leaves.  Flamingo has pink/ red flowers.  Morning light has fine arching leaves...very striking.  Zebrinus has gold/yellow,bands across the leaves

Molinias are good on heavy soil

carex varieties like Testacea add evergreen copper/brown colour all year.  Bowles Golden Grass has yellow flowers, stems and leaves.

heleniums and veronicastrums and acteas add height and summer colour and complement grasses well.

buddleias like fhe Buzz series are fantastic for summer colour at a much more compact size.

the dogwoods are great for clay soils and mixing with grasses....elegantissima has green and white foliage.  Aurea has yellow leaves.  Both have bright red stems over winter.

hellebores will also add winter/spring colour and blend too with grasses.  

Re hackenochloa try corydallis with it....bright blue flowers in late winter to late spring.

Hey...don't spoil your planting with roses B3..     None of the above plants need spraying for disease or pest and wont try to scratch your eyes out.  Roses will certainly spoil your prairie effect 

Oh, not montbretia.  or their hybrid cousins crocosmias.   They are too aggressive once they get established. lilies....will it though 



Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:27

Heck!  That was prob me Dove 

Gaura - do you deadhead to prolong?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:20

Yes, same method Order in the border 


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:18

Hosta...I have to win even at Tiddlywinks.  

unfortunately, I'm the guy who shakes hands with power.  It can become aggressive when another hand squeezer tries to compete.  I recall in my younger days at a meeting being introduced to a guy and we ended up trying to beat each in the centre of the room  despite the presence of our bosses.  ........I won .   Foolish feeling after though.  We never did get on as future clashes testify. 

Gaura - do you deadhead to prolong?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:09

Yes Order in the border, cut those flowered stems back to leaves or base. 

Hard for me to advise objectively as I cut back in autumn but better to do it in spring in most places.

take cuttings now though. they usually survive winter here but just in case

i have a few clumps and the common name of "whirling butterflies" is apt I think.  Lovely, light and airy. 

Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:47

Or move to west cornwall where everything flowers in April....swings and roundabouts eh Fairy? 

is there still time to plant new plants

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:46

Not at all thinking exactly 

I know I'm in the minority but seed for me is a big no. not for perennials anyway. too fussy, too long winded and too much guesswork as to what will finally flower.  Cuttings, divisions for me.  Quicker and that "quality" plant you have will be cloned perfectly.  

And always looking for new plants to a couple on my radar already.  Astilbe Chocolate Shogun for one.


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:41

Dampish morning but sun trying to push through.  However, it isn't summer right now and the forecast isn't great.  Warm but wet. 

Still, good walk with Spike and pretty dry.

that swimming pool?  Could be fun. 

got visitor in mo cadging a cuppa.  never brings donuts....wot's the point? 




Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:35

Morning Dove

i divided my Star I did with Yellow Honka.  All looking good. These simple flowers cope better in the rain than their blousy large flowered cousins

is there still time to plant new plants

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:32

Morning Bandita

that Fairy has stolen my words again....a.ways doing that 

you can easily divide your salvia ......wait for flowering to end and take a sharp knife to your salvia. because its your first time I would just cut it in half.  When you see your salvias growing next spring you will have the confidence to divide again.

if you like yellow look at coreopsis, euryops, rudbeckias, echinaceas, etc

consider pinks too......they have beautiful evergreen blue foliage with flowers from white to red, usually scented, and these go well with salvias. and they are cheap to get and easy to propagate. 

I also like red with salvias....Knautia Macedonica for example,,which will flower all summer. 

lychnis coronaria too is evergreen with tall white or red flowers

have fun in your garden Bandita 


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