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hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:49

No trimming to shape Salino.  I let it flop and grow.  A grass, calamagrostis Karl Foerster is beginning to rise behind it to support it I guess.  Johnsons blue will not flower so profusely as rozanne or for as long.  Rozanne will look as good or better in September so eeeeeeeeesy! I like to grow big 

Under it loads of bulbs in spring. Behind it too, just emerging next to grass, is an helenium .....so (corny, I know) a yellow/bronze/orange and blue combination soon. Cheap, easy, prolific and effective and low maintenance.

Pictures folks.....that's what this thread is calling for 

Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:39

Jap3

I grow lots of ornamental grasses.  

Miscanthus  varieties are worth checking out..........tall, sturdy (mine lasted throughout those horrific wimter storms) and they "shimmer"

Forget bamboo......please.  

Miscanthus Morning Light has delightful narrow variegated foliage and flowers from late summer.  Fountain-like to 5 or 6 feet.  Miscanthus variegatus has bright white and green foliage, wider leaves amd taller than Morning Light. Superb next to purple foliage.  Miscanthus Gold Bar and Zebrinus have  gold horizontal bands across the leaves.....lovely.  There are miscamthus with pink, red and beige flowers.  All stand well over winter.....undamaged by those horrific winter storms.  Miscamthus are better with some added moisture.

Calamagrostis is as tall with flowers now until autumn. Eye catching flowers.  Overdam is a variegated version.  Both are upright sturdy plamts.  

Panicums too.    Shenandoah is esp good.  Reddish touches to leaves and cute button flowers in late summer.  Heavy metal too is good.  Both are upright, tall and sturdy 

Stipas too...gigantea is huge,,prob too big for a pot....but Tennuissima is delightful and evergreen with billowing flowers all summer.  Great in a pot at about 2 to 3 feet.

Carex comans bronze thrives in dry comditions and makes a mound of foxy red foliage...love this.  Buchanii is darker red and upright and taller to 3'.

Elymus magellanicus is the bluest plant you will see.  Wonderful mid height evergreen blue grass.  Festucas have blue foliage too but smaller. 

Carex testacea is great.  Olive coloured evergreen folkage ...needs reasonable moisture....amd superb in terracotta pot.  

Hachonecloa is the classiest of all grasses.  Deciduous yellow mounds with red and pink and orange touches.  I grow several of these in the ground amd in containers.  A plant seen at the grandest of gardens.  

Helictorrichon is another blue grass.  4' tall and beige/blue flowers

Hordeum jubatum is easily grown from seed, short lived perennial grass with a kaleidoscope of flower colours.  This is sooooooo eye catching.

Imperata red baron is fantastic.   Leaves now turning blood red.  Will be posting pictures of this soon.

Uncinia uncinia rubra is evergreen maroon red grass.  Great winter festure

Annatherum bulbosum is almost white.  Love this one too.  Brightens up the winter garden.

Bowles golden grass is brilliant.  Deciduous but yellow throughout.  In spring and early summer delightfufly yellow flowers add lovely movement.

Pennisetums are mid height too.  Deciduous but lovely summer flowers. Villosum has huge caterpillar white fluffy, swaying flowers.  I also grow a tender variety called Rubrum but this will not survive past the summer outdoors.

Look, loads more.  Better than any bamboo

Careful. You will get hooked on grasses 

 

hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 11:20

oh dear, doubled up in my haste.  silleeeee me

hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 11:19

this is rozanne.  been flowering for months...like everyone elses's....and will do so until autumn.

nothing small for me in the garden...this is 10' across and 4' plus high.  no weeding here and easy peasy plant

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52663.jpg?width=544&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52664.jpg?width=544&height=350&mode=max

 

what varieties do you have?

Cuttings

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:03

Supernoodle the idea is not just to get the cutting into the compost but to stop it from dehydrating, hence polythene bag.  Better to carry the polythene bag rsther than an open pot of compost.  I often have a tray prepared with labels and pen and whizz around to each plant getting the required number of cuttings and pop propagator (unheated) lid on, after watering.

In pots, using polythene bags, support the bags with sticks taller than the cuttings to keep polythene clear of them.

 Oh!  Make sure when you label them you use a genuine permanent marker pen....last year the "permanent" marker I used was useless and vsrieties were therefore hard to identify

Pruning/ planting

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 08:51

Morning 1Runnybeak1

Norway spruce is very, very vigorous.  Not a plant for the  garden.....do you have a name for it on your label?  

Agapanthus is a sun loving plant.  Nice open site if you can or your agapanthus will "lean".   Best in isolation I think.....looks good in a sea of gravel on its own.   Many grow it in pots but the best plants are in the ground.  Avoid heavy clay soil........if you have this then pots will be better using John innes. 

Runner beans

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 08:40

All good pansy face but is soil moist ?  Do you water thoroughly?  More important than anything else is moisture at the roots

DOGWOOD

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 08:26

Morning Maggie

Is your soil on dry side?  Do ??ou water them?  Do you feed them?  How many spindly,branches on the ground?  I would prune these back hard.....they won't add anything to stem effect over winter

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:54

Chicky, just the one summer sky.  Second year plant...Kept in large pot from last summer and planted out large ..will double in size and performance by late summer.  

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:50

BizziEB, I allow plenty of  space between plants.  look closer  than they really are. Hate plants squashed in......not my style   Each of those plants is quite large .....most prob occupy a square metre.  I know  the mature size and plant accordingly.  I have a reasonably large garden

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