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August bloomers

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:26

Dianthus, ESP if held back by removing flowering stems, would provide nice scented blooms in a wide range of colours.  A bed of pinks and carnations will provide loads of flowers.

Heleniums would be at their best then.  What about the SINGLE dahlias...twynings after eight,  yellow Honka, etc?  Agastaches too....some really good varieties now.  Hostas, if denied earlier flowering, will produce nice scented blooms.  Pelargoniums, argyranthemums, asters already mentioned but Little Carlowe and Frikartii Momch are superb,  echinaceas, malva alba, penstemons, etc etc.  

Blank flowerbed

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 18:14

Well I would certainly add a group,or two of grasses like miscanthus, stipa gigantea and Calamagrostis.  Overdam, for example, is a lovely green and white grass growing to 6' and topped with beige flowers in summer.  I have several miscanthus in the garden still flowerimg ....well, holding onto their old flowers.....adding a nice rustic decoration.  Stipa gigantea is a must.  Wonderful billowing golden flowers throughout summer soaring high above most everything.

I would also plant a buddleia or two there.  If pruned back only half way each year a structure remains over winter that will soon regrow in spring.

And a canna or two.  The taller ones like Durban can grow 7' plus and flower until autumn with red leaves.  Others with green and,white leaves

And cotinus royal purple.  It would love it there.  No richer purple foliage than that and planted alongside a blue eucalyptus gunnii would look superb


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 18:00

Yes I certainly did?  Great spontaneous joke.  Impressive 

winter jasmine

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 17:57

I grow a yellow ivy, Buttercup, which is eye catching all year round.  Lovely butter yellow foliage.  Nice behind a purple or blue clematis


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 17:48

Nice avatar fairy. ,you really are quite tiny 

Euphorbia pruning

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 17:47

Hiya janebell, ??ou did the right thing, viz., pruning the flowered stems but did you take them back to the base?  

Cuttting back every year immediately after flowering should initiate fresh new stems.


First thoughts are, of you did prune right back, you feed too much or is the soil very rich?  Or is your plant growing in too much shade?  

Wishes and resolutions

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 17:31

I knew that's what you meant Artjak. My jokes must be very funny cos I laugh so much when I type them 

winter jasmine

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 13:41

I have 2 against a very dry wall.  In flower now.  They easily root themselves too so often have a new plant from them.  They are never fed.  I prune after flowerimg with shears to keep in bounds amd compact.  

New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 13:03

Not a great first day for 2014 Nut but sun has just brightened the sky for a while 

winter jasmine

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 13:01

Surprised Bluebell.  The winter ..yellow...jasmine is so tough.  I no of no other winter jasmine so I await to be educated here 

I don't think it's an ideal plant for a pot.  Could you lighten your clay soil ...even with mpc or bark chips.....and try again? 

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