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Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 22:52

Will post some pics of mine starting with Imperata in a day or two.

Jap3 Jacqui, that walk through grass by the lake to the beach, I'm sure it will be a variety of miscanthus.

Miscanthus is widely planted down here.....for a mile or so a riverbank locally is planted with miscanthus.  The sound of it in late summer  is magically eerie.  It "whispers" and echoes in the slightest breeze.  wonderful.  

Although individual grasses cannot provide this sound they do still whisper, they shimmer, they sway and they provide vertical accents to enhance any garden.  Not so impressive in a container they will still look good 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:30

Thanks yviestevie. Too far for me but appreciate your info. 

Fairy, have to agree Edd's joke was classy.  It was rivetting!    Aaaaaah!  talking about going back to school makes me aware summer will soon be gone 

The heatwave tomorrow will be "pleasant" for us in Cornwall......not the extreme heat elsewhere.  

 

 

Is shop-bought compost classed as mulch?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:18

Hi jennymc

You grow azaleas so your soil is acidic.  To mulch use acid compost, bark etc. You can grow some lovely plants there if you avoid alkaline mulches.  There are plants that won't like your conditions......pinks for example, will hate it.  A vast range of perennials, shrubs, etc  that like acid soil can make for a fantastic garden

Test your soil to see how acid it is.  Do this ASAP.

Have to disagree....as I consistently do...with using any membrane.  Don't do this.  It's awful stuff promoting awful, lifeless soil.  It makes moving plants difficult too.  Mulches do work well but make sure perennial weeds are eradicated first.  Leaf mould, if homemade, is excellent but beware importing it.....it can bring in disease and pest.

Hello and an Introduction

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:02

Warm welcome northernLass2

Great space........envious   Increasingly tempted to get a new, very large blank canvass garden.  

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 17:54

Very, very hot today.....humid. Cloudy. Nice with the dog just then though with cooling sea breezes.  Hooooooot forecast tomorrow for us all 

Saw ny mum today in hospital.  Had lovely pm from one of you guys that helped a lot.

Despite my well documented loathing for perennial plugs, I had a delivery of  echinacea plugs.  They look good, large and well packed. Slightly late delivery but nothing too bad.  Will defer praise publicly for a few days to see how they are in their new 9cm pots 

Very hectic lately.....too many calling on my time 

Ornamental Grass

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 17:38

Salino,,all the miscanthus,,Calamagrostis, elymus,, Imperata, buchanii, stipas, fescues, helictotrichons are, most  definitely, upright grasses. Will post pics.  However,,I am trying to tempt Jap3 Jacqui to also try some of the mound and cascade varieties too.

I sourced grasses years back from various on line suppliers as 9 cm plants.  Locally there are little nurseries too that I manage to get plants from Jap3 Jacqui.  Try on line.

hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 17:22

Fidget, yes one plant.  It is good soil there.  It's the one geranium I don't cut back mid summer cos it simply flowers and flowers.  Also, I likei it sprawling onto the path there.  Ann folkard is another vigorous geranium for me but I do retrain this a little with mid season chop.

(I'm hoping to see others' geraniums too.  I have several but could  be tempted folks  )

Its not until you grow them do you learn how to grow them.....some prefer dry and some a little moisture. Some sun some shade.  Some with good humous content soe not. 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:01

Smashing Victoria   Like it a lot 

Its not all about subtlety nor should it be 

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 

 

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