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ideas for large teak planters

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 20:27

Camelias grow well in containers, are evergreen and will grow 6' easily.

deciduous subjects are easier....miscanthus varieties will grow 7' in one season.  

I agree for a 10' plant those pots are not big enough.  Does it have to be that tall?  You dont need to hide the entire wall do you?

low maintance plants

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 20:21

Agapanthus?  Echinaceas like Magnus purpurea will flower all summer. aster frikartii Monch will flower from August right through to the frosts with minimal,attention and maximum flower power.  there are some lovely VARIEGATED day lilies too....I have one with wonderful yellow and green clean sword like clean foliage  with orange escapes me for mo.  Try veronicastrums too....flower,power and height.  And agastaches.....most will flower all summer long 

consider a salvia called Amistad.  It will flower all summer and autumn.  Relatively hardy but cuttings rooted this summer will provide large plants for next summer.  Purple blue flowers and if you put a purple shrub nearby...a dwarf berberis or pittosporum Tom thumb have fantastic  colour all summer

Heleniums growth rate ?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 16:17

After a year or so. Heleniums can be split......they benefit from this anyway.  In 3 or 4 years the stock will be increased considerably 

no,,you can grow heleniums from seed Perki by the way 

just checked out Dorset Perennials.  They look pretty good 

GW 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 16:09

Why?  What's happening on May 7?   Someone's birthday?  

Bit of a disagreement on this thread but isn't that what makes gardening and gardeners fascinating?  We all have our own styles, methods and viewpoints.  A bit of (fractious) debate is great

such a busy morning and now I have to wait for someone to turn up.  Already couple of hours late.  

Still a lovely day...missing a bit of sun but very pleasant.

Can I plant young hardy plants out soon?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 15:19

Hardening off small plants  merely slows up,their growth. I understand the position but.  If there is room, if  greenhouse or cloche protection is available, growing plants indoors right now will produce bigger, better specimens.

Rose in a poor environment

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:38

As I see it, roses need half a day's sunshine every day ideally.  And to be fed, fed and fed.  Soil to be good and to be moisture retentive.  

Erica, your site does not sound ideal at all, does it?  

I will be planting a new rose tomorrow....the soil is good sandy loam and enriched with compost with added fish blood and bone, so a balanced fertiliser.  It will be in a sunny spot.  

For me, anything that flowers a lot needs to be fed a lot.  A high potash feed then once a month or so during summer

Can you move your roses to a sunnier situation?  And if you can try to add some compost of sorts to your clay soil.  


Heleniums growth rate ?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:29

Winniecat, let Perki have his heleniums THIS year.   And choose varieties to suit........from very tall to more compact sturdier.  From yellow to red.  From early to late.

Can I plant young hardy plants out soon?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:26

Flower lover, for me those plants are far too small 7cm plant out right now.  

i would not be thinkIng of "hardening off" plants but rather of growing your plants. Perennials will be starting to grow fast now.....look to pot on now.  Aim to pot on again so,that they are in 1 litre pots before you plant out in the garden.  Experiment if you like, but compare plants planted out when small with those potted on a little longer .

Mid April should see much bigger plants.  Harden off then for a week or so

Dalia Planting

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:33

Hello Mark

well it does depend on how cold it is but mid April should be fine.  Perhaps have some fleece to hand if you love in cold area.  I have dahlias in the ground that are shooting now 

Heleniums growth rate ?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:30

No experience of them Perki.  There are some helenium specialists that sell other plants.  Does it have to be James Compton.  There are others that are good...Brunette, Pink Spike, Black Negligee for example.

Heleniums are one of my favourite em.  They will grow fast soon....down here they already have been.  Given good soil that doesn't dry out, a feed and an awareness of slug and snail attacks heleniums will generally make a good show this summer.

how many plants? Don't go overboard.  They are not plants, for me, that need to be planted in 3's for example.  They will fill a reasonable size spot in first season

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