Latest posts by Verdun

Polemonium advice

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 22:03

Wakeshine, phormiums do not have sharp edges so worry not.  

I have several different varieties here and they give a lot of shape and colour to a winter garden in particular

I don't grow anything with sharp or hazardous foliage except a single rose..... for sentimental reasons.   One rose is more than enough 

Lawn care

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 21:37

Great to have such an expert on the forum Bulkerb 

i understand the passion involved in producing a perfect lawn....and the sheer graft.  My own standard is a way off yours but manage to have a nice looking one I think 

Lawn care

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 20:07

Comprehensive information there bulkerb

drag mat?   do you mean using a lute?

those lawns will be superb 

Polemonium advice

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 18:54

Nice complementary planting Fairy. 

Looking for ideas

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 18:50

Yes maybe slower and more sure 

Flower bed

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 18:33

In your heuchera bed how about a spikey specimen?  Libertia or a grass? 

your row of veronicas?  For similar reason, how about a mounded shrub to separate into 2 lots of 2 ?  A santolina for example?  A silver grey aromatic evergreen mound?

You have dwarf rhodos in every corner.....that's fine but would 2 be ok with 2 of something else flanking the veronica beds?  E.g. 2 vertical specimens or 2 Phormiums?  Or maybe a couple of pieris for foliage colour?

Contrasts of shape and foliage colour adds an awful lot to a design

re the heathers, if you have acid soil you can grow all fbe tyoes of heather....winter flowering as well as summer.  If you have alkaline or neutral the PH can only grow the winter ericas and you will have to reconsider the rhodos 

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Posted: 23/09/2016 at 18:18

A prune back of overwintered VB will help produce wind resisting stems.  With new plants I pinch back 3 or 4 times to produce several stems for same reason 

Year round interest in the mixed border for a well drained, windy site.

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 18:15

Post a picture Pamela and say what you think you might like....for example, you don't want to obscure the farm land so how high do you want shrubs to be?  

It seems you want shrubs no higher than 4 or 5'....?  

Planting Alliums

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 18:11

.....and so are v weedy if a mixed bag was purchased. 

No, not for lawns at all.  

I potted some alliums last weekend......the advantage is you can plant them exactly where you want them...maybe where the gaps spring.  Always pot on bulbs now 

vine weevil grubs

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 18:07

Had to chuck out a tulip bulb cos it had whiskery things on the bottom....???  

Almost threw out a tomato too cos it had a strange green leafy thing on the top...thought it may have been a  pest of some sort 

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