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Plant of the year

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 20:36

You're welcome lilysilly 

share your love of gazanias GD.      Great space fillers and they can stay out and flower all winter for us too 

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suggest small to medium plants/shrubs for year around interest

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 20:24

Yep, agree there Raisingirl....PH testing is number one task in the garden.  

Just think we should advise and stress the importance of growing the right plants in the right spot.  Wish I knew that years ago...would have saved an awful lot of money as well as the frustration of plants dying on me 

for me PH, type of soil ...whether free draining or claggy.....sunny or shady, frost free or frost pocket, exposed or sheltered, etc., are the factors that determine what plants to choose or avoid

Donald or hillary?

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 20:11

It's called democracy beanpole........whatever the american people decide, whomever they choose to be their President, it  is not for us to judge or even offer an opinion.  Who are we to ridicule the Americans? 

as Obama showed the Power is not in one man's hands anyway. 

Nothing "very wrong with the selection process" aym.  It' s the way it has been for a year or two now.   What other system would you prefer? "Buffoons"???  

At least if the americans make a mistake they have the right to select another President in 4 years unlike    North Korea, Russia etc.  

Methinks we knock our own "system" too much.  Take it for granted perhaps!   Here in the UK We are world leaders in knocking our own...shame!  

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suggest small to medium plants/shrubs for year around interest

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 19:43

I always to grow plants where best suited though Raisin obviously have worked it out well there. 

I grow those plants too.....convolvulous in free draining hot situation; astrantias elsewhere where soil is rich and moist.  

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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:52

Finished another border .....including bulbs, grasses, shrubs and perennials ...and duly undermulched with dried manure and finished with compost.  

Dry apart from light rain around mid day and feeling quite warm.  Cloudy and no sign of the sun! 


Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:43

No they are not tuberus aym 


Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:28

Jane, they are hardy plants but do you water them well during the growing season?  They are very thirsty and will not flower if they are in a dry spot.  Mulching is important too 


Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:25

Witch, the cuttings may need checking before you leave.   They have less roots so must not dry out totally.  Not much but maybe a little 

salvias vary quite a lot in their needs over winter....the tuberous forms like patens should be kept totally dry.  

suggest small to medium plants/shrubs for year around interest

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:18


grasses are perfect companions to hostas and heucheras.......dwarf, tall, foliage colours from blue...elymus as in uncinia unciniata rubra, imperata red baron....yellow as in Bowles Golden Grass.  Stipa Tennuissima will give you billowing flowers all summer, Hordeum Jubatum too.  Classy grasses like hackonechloa and carex varieties like testacea are evergreen.  

Grasses give linear, fountain-like  contrast to most other perennials as well as movement to animate a garden

check out sanguisorbas too.....light, airy floaty flowers.  Red Thunder, Alba, Pink Elephant, Pink Tanna for example.  Similar style to grasses and complement them well.  

careful about some of the recommendstions above...convolvulous  cneorum for instance needs totally different soil and other conditions to astrantias.....opposite in fact.  

determine what your soil is like...i.e. Is it fast draining or heavy and then decide what plants will thrive there 

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suggest small to medium plants/shrubs for year around interest

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 23:05


daphnes....Odoraaureomarginata and Somerset are 2 I like

hamamellis....fragrant with quirky yellow/orange/ red flowers

abelias....flowering now.  A real beauty is Confetti

euphorbia rubra.....evergreen red/black foliage and yellow flowers; Tasman Tiger and Ascor Rainbow

Lonicera Wimter Beauty....winter scent

Scabious Butterfly Blue and Pink Mist are evergreen with loads of colour from spring

erysium Bowles Mauve


dwarf pittosporums like Tom Thumb

evergreen grasses like festucas, stipa tennuissima, arundinacea, uncinia, and carex like Testacea and Comans Bronze

Libertia..a favourite for me.  Unique grasslike foliage and white flowers

euonymous like emerald n gold

tulbaghias and pinks....both for foliage and flower

apart from the well known orientallis hellebores check out Corsicus.....nice pale green evergreen foliage and pale green flowers.

coleonema, breath of heaven, diosma...calll it what you will but lovely scented evergreen foliage and white or pink flowers.  Highly tactile.  

Artemisias like Powys Castle and Faith Raven

heathers like the winter carneas but the taller Alberts Gold is striking

some of the hardy compact geraniums like the black foliage Black Beauty and Orkney Cherry are attractive for foliage and lomg flowering

the microphylla salvias provide flowers from white, through yellow, pink, red and blue on dwarf shrubs.

potentillas too for lots of summer colour

Newb, the list is endless really

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