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Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 08:01

Chicky.  Sent you a pm

Unhealthy rosemary

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 22:23

Whatever the reason or cause that rosemary is not recoverable. Replace it asap and use the space for something attractive


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 16:24

Andrea photinias, in my experience, will do just that.  From thriving shrubs mine deteriorated and died.

you will be advised to cut back, to feed to water etc., and you can try this but your shrub looks poorly to me.


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 16:18

Prob watering of some sort Jan.....over or under.  Acers will need regular moisture if in a pot.  

If a very small plant and you have put it in a large pot it will not do well.  Small plant small pot.  

more grass advice please

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 14:01

Hackonechloa are fabulous grasses.  Classy low mounds.  Plant as 3 clumps for good effect.

Miscanthus and calamagrostis are tall grasses........easy and lots of varieties for foliage colour and flowers.  Miscanthus variegatus has lovely green and white sharp clean leaves.  Flamingo has pink/ red flowers.  Morning light has fine arching leaves...very striking.  Zebrinus has gold/yellow,bands across the leaves

Molinias are good on heavy soil

carex varieties like Testacea add evergreen copper/brown colour all year.  Bowles Golden Grass has yellow flowers, stems and leaves.

heleniums and veronicastrums and acteas add height and summer colour and complement grasses well.

buddleias like fhe Buzz series are fantastic for summer colour at a much more compact size.

the dogwoods are great for clay soils and mixing with grasses....elegantissima has green and white foliage.  Aurea has yellow leaves.  Both have bright red stems over winter.

hellebores will also add winter/spring colour and blend too with grasses.  

Re hackenochloa try corydallis with it....bright blue flowers in late winter to late spring.

Hey...don't spoil your planting with roses B3..     None of the above plants need spraying for disease or pest and wont try to scratch your eyes out.  Roses will certainly spoil your prairie effect 

Oh, not montbretia.  or their hybrid cousins crocosmias.   They are too aggressive once they get established. lilies....will it though 



Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:27

Heck!  That was prob me Dove 

Gaura - do you deadhead to prolong?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:20

Yes, same method Order in the border 


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:18

Hosta...I have to win even at Tiddlywinks.  

unfortunately, I'm the guy who shakes hands with power.  It can become aggressive when another hand squeezer tries to compete.  I recall in my younger days at a meeting being introduced to a guy and we ended up trying to beat each in the centre of the room  despite the presence of our bosses.  ........I won .   Foolish feeling after though.  We never did get on as future clashes testify. 

Gaura - do you deadhead to prolong?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:09

Yes Order in the border, cut those flowered stems back to leaves or base. 

Hard for me to advise objectively as I cut back in autumn but better to do it in spring in most places.

take cuttings now though. they usually survive winter here but just in case

i have a few clumps and the common name of "whirling butterflies" is apt I think.  Lovely, light and airy. 

Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:47

Or move to west cornwall where everything flowers in April....swings and roundabouts eh Fairy? 

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