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Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 13:09

Agree with white foliage or white variegated  foliage for white garden.

White grasses like Arrhenatherum bulbosum which is superb in the winter garden.  White Heuchera snowstorm.  Arabis  FerdinandI coburgi is a delightful white and green mound with white flowers in spring.  Silver greys like helichrysum (curry plant), artemisia Powys castle, and dwarf santolinas and euryops acraeus can give body to white garden

 

 

Cutting back

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:59

MrsM

Just cut flowered stems.  

Marguerites are slightly tender......still time to fake cuttings.  Just.  

Look for non flowering side shoots ....may be difficult as almost  every shoot flowers......and insert into half perlite and had mpc.  Cover with polythene bag and keep warm. ,cuttings  should root quickly to make full size floweriing plants next year 

 

Dead Heather?

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 08:45

I much prefer the winter  heathers....they flower longer  af a time when colour is scarce.  I grow a few patches of them including a variety called foxhollow that has bright yellow foliage, pinkish flowers in late winter and orange new shoots in spring and early summer.  Anne Sparkes ...orange foliage...and Vivelli ....dark almost purple foliage  are worth looking out for.  as a change of shape, look out for a "tree" variety called Alberts Gold.  There are a few different types of winter  heather ...some more erect, some low spreading.  Flowers from white to red. A simple light shearing off of the flowers so low maintenance. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 08:27

Morning folks.  Beautiful morning......mist has lifted.  70 degrees forecast, again 

Went around first thing deadheading dahlias      Opening flowers on miscanthus still glistening with dew in the sun.  All silent though 

Envious of all that ground you have Busy

Have good day everybody 

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 23:50

Gaura corries good still performing.  Lychnis coronaria alba too...just.  Argyranthemum  Gweek  variegafed, white carieties of normal argyranthemum, white osteospermum, white dianthus, acteas have white flowers albeit on dark foliage, white new guinea impatiens,  leucanthemums still hanging on, white flowered liriope, anemone Wild swan in my garden but Japanese   Anemones too, salvia patens  white trophy, exhinacea white swan and milkshake as well as other white varieties.  

Dead Heather?

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 19:14

No hope I'm afraid.

Try winter heathers there.....carneas.  They are more lime tolerant.....I think lime is the problem there FBTurtle.  Tere are some wonderful winter varieties providing colourful folage and flowers 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 08:44

Still lovely Sunny days here.  

A slight chill hanging in the air....no wind.....but sun will increase temps dramatically I'm sure.

Just hope this winter does not reproduce the rains and storms of last year.

Winter Care for Imperata 'Red Baron'

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 08:38

I grow Imperata .  Mild here so have never lost mine over winter in more than 15 years

However, I divide them now and then and I have some in small pots now. These will go in the GH over winter. I keep it dryish but not too dry.  Here I won't fleece but in cold areas probably best to do that.

In summer I find additional waterings produce taller lusher foliage ...currently 2 to 3' high still with that wonderful maroon colouring

 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 23:51

Looking good their Winnie ........grasses can look so classy and elegant as you have shown 

yew prunings

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 23:49

Do they still want yew  cuttings Jennifer?  I know they did a few years back.  I have several varieties of yew cuttings that I,would gladly  contribute.

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