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Box substitute

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 00:07


As specimens I have pittosporum Irene Patterson, lovely almost white but fairly tender I guess, Garnetti with grey foliage and tinges of pink and hardier, Purpureum,the bigger brother to Tom Thumb and a delightful even whiter than Irene P. that is tender and the name escapes me right now. Also a creamy yellow that again I have forgotten the name of.

Also grew pittosporum Tobira but it grew too leggy over the years and it was removed.  Must get it again as,the scent is magical. There is a dwarf variegated variety of Tobira that I also mean to get. ,

Best way to prune this flowering shrub?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 23:57

Only prune back the flowered wood though Caral.....not every,branch.  Look for the emerging shoots further down....these will provide the flowers on lomg arching branches next year. My own plant deutzia mont blanc is ready to explode any day now and it is beautiful.  A very under rated shrub.  

Blue foliage

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 23:51

Yes, and some Painted ferns like Ursulas Red have bluish foliage too.  

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 23:49

Lily,,have you really not got Dove's yet?     Always look on the bright side of life.  

One more, just for lily, KD says after his shows 

Blue foliage

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:38

I  love blue in the garden....lots of blue flowers but blue foliage is not quite so plentyful.  There's eucalyptus, elymus magellanicus, pinks, bluish hostas, mertensia (could never keep this one) junipers like Blue Star, hebes like pagei and quicksilver and some succulents.

Any more folks?

Mony Don

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:29

I have a nice blue in a large pot, Halycon I think..  Alongside, in another pot, I have a red variegated hardy fuschia and they complement each other so well on pathway.  for best blue I think more shade is necessary as it greens a little in mid summer.  I really want a good blue in the sun.....any suggestions?

Blue foliage appeals to me....ok, another thread 

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:18

Yes dove, , saw him yesterday...."what a life" he said. 

......I'm sure we have a few wondering what we are talkIng about 


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:14


Shuttlecock ferns in school wildlife garden

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:10

I frow 3 ....including a painted Japanese fern and Dryopteris.

Dryopteris, in my experience, is very adaptable. Grows where it's dry as well as where it's very wet.  Looks better out of the sun though.

Dryopteris The King for me grows about 4' or more.  It is a fascinating plant Justin.  I'm not a wildlife gardener but it would look right anywhere but a rockery or dryscape garden.  Kids would find its unfurling fronds amazing,,it's pest and disease resistant and is rich green in the growing season.

I would plant it in humusy soil for best appearance.  As for its role in the wildlife garden I'm sure it is useful but I will see what others more knowledgeable say about that.

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 20:00

Have I Dove?  Have I really?  hee hee hee hee 

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