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Latest posts by Verdun

Evergreen grasses

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 22:12
Nut, glyphosate doesn't always get to every root. Your pennisetum will have energetic strands deep down that some prob will escape weedkiller. It is bit of an effort to dig it out but best to do it. Then into some big pots in good compost for lovely mounds of flowers mid to late summer.


Posted: 13/02/2013 at 22:03
Taxus....yew. This will regrow from old wood. Taxus Standishii is a beauty. Taxus Coppershine is exceptional....foliage changes from green/white winter foliage to orange/copper (this colour is a real eye catcher) in spring to bright yellow in summer. Taxus tolerate pruning and drought are dead easy to grow and as hardy as any other plant you can name. Good in containers too. A vastly under-rated comifer

Who knows there's a yellow santolina?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 21:54
I grow a beautiful santolina called Lemon Fizz. Glorious mound of yellow foliage. Anyone else grow it and what is the verdict on yellow foliage? I love variegated and yellow foliage but some just see chlorosis? I grow Lemon Fizz next to a dwarf berberis atropurpurea nana with blue linum perenne creating as much colour as any annuals would and for far longer!

"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 21:44
Phygellius, I agree, is a spreader. I look at plants' root structures when Im doubtful of their tendencies. You get a good idea what they might do..often a suckering shoot goes deep to bottom of pot and you can see it wants to spread. Hope that makes sense!!!!! Another invasive plant is Rhus Tiphyna....stag horn sumac.....which will pop up several metres from its base.

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 22:27
Yep.....I will.

How do I take and grow cuttings of Smoke Tree (royal Purple) please?

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 22:23
I too take cuttings as blairs does.....August/sep time...but in pots left outside in shade. For me, they are easy and root quickly. I cover cuttings with polythene bag for few weeks. Then overwinter, less polythene, in greenhouse. In spring they are raring to go

Talkback: Good things about February

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 22:02
I agree happymarion. Feb right now is glorious

"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 21:58
Yep, lysimachia Firecracker. Years back I thought it a wonderful thing. Purple red foliage and yellow flowers.....ugh! What an awful combination now I think.....and spread everywhere.

Evergreen grasses

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 21:03
No Nut it will survive. Get it out. Those roots will simply be protected and nourished by your "top dressing"

"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 21:00
Last summer I bought artemisia Silver King that sent out shoots over a 4 or 5 feet area in a few weeks. I knew it was invasive but reckoned I could control it by digging up every year but I loved its foliage. So too with Artemisia Orientale Limelight....this suckered everywhere and it took 3 years to finally eradicate it. Euphorbia Fireflow too is a thug for me. I carefully look into every plant before I plant it now. What other "desirables" have become thugs?

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Blue foliage

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Carpenteria californica shaping

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Rubbish mpc

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