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best foliage perennial plant for the garden

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:34

wintersong...we are much on the same wavelength

powys castle is a favourite of mine too...always propagating it.  beware of most other artemisias though...they are rampant without you knowing it then suddenly there they are shoots several feet or more away and they are difficult to remove.  Powys Castle is best pinched out at least 3 times in the summer....done mine once already. always planted where it can be touched or brushed against...beautiful well behaved tactile silver and also wonderful next to dwarf berberis atro pur nana.  for a trio plant linum adds intense blue on a small swaying glaucous blue foliaged slender gem of a plant.

Does anyone know the name of this tree please?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:44

caution....this plant is a nuisance.  will spread and pop up anywhere in your garden.  I know cases where its become a nightmare for their victimes,,,,er owners.

pruning makes the situation much worse.  the roots descend deeply and pop up many metres away when they decide to surface again.  the spade treatment encourages this in my experience

What's your Flower of the moment?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:40

you no likee blue flowers fairgirl? I love em.  garden is peppered with them...must have 30 varieties or more of blue flowered plants

dark leaved evergreen shrub needed

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:38

hiya Jess, yes cotinus is best cut back very hard.  In addition I pinch out the shoots some 3 times during the summer to further encourage bushyness.  It is the very best purple shrub

for an evergreen purple then Pittosporum Tom Thumb is delightful.  There are a number of evergreen purple hebes varieties constantly being introduced.  Prunus cistena crimson dwarf is a beautiful crimson leaved shrub thats quite small and conducive to pruning...deciduous though

 purple herbaceous include acteas, heucheras and lobelia cardinallis

best foliage perennial plant for the garden

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:31

be interesting to read what you all consider to be the best foliage perennial plant and why.

the old memory aint wot it used to be so forgive me if this has already featured. hostas will no doubt be mentioned but beyond them what else?

I mention this because I recently planted some coleus in the garden...despite not really happy with "annuals" add a splash of impact.  not as a group but as solo performers to complement existing planting.  I considered carefully before planting and I think it works......

and, to remove the flowers or not? As with hostas the flowers can detract from the foliage so.............

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:16

only if its Typhoo...ha ha ha......Ill get my coat

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 19:09

tradescantia are a love hate thing with me.  they are lovely then get battered, need supporting, snails love em.  however, a couple of discreet supports before they reach full growth solves the battered bit and a nightly trek with the torch solves the mollusc bit.  theres a yellow variety with magenta flowers....sounds ok but is nauseating.  sorry if anyone is growing it

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 19:05

bookertoo....Im getting rid of it.  lovely and well behaved for few years but now its exerting its authority.  dont want any now..better things.  Agree that it eventually does get a grip in its own time


Posted: 12/06/2013 at 19:02

nightmares now....keep hearing "cake"......................................

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 19:01

evening all

damp all day.  someones pinched my sunshine...think it may have been fairygirl!

however dry now with chinks of blue sky.  garden has grown, plants filling in, with that rain

my anemone wild swan is now flowering too but how different from previous years.  my runner beans are barely 3' tall ..normally they would be 7' and needing pinching out at the tops.  Ive even been picking beans by mid June too.  climate warming!!!

tina, nice to have our own space at times

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