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ID please!

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 20:44

@soulboy, gorgeous.  Like a large snowmound (s.nipponica).   I think I saw some monster versions similar to these flowering in July near Hebden Bridge.  Brings back memories of flowering Hawthorns.  They were were fantastic this year.

ID please!

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:33

It looks similar to my 'spiraea douglasii', but mine hasn't the serrated leaves.  Looking at pokeweed images, it looks as if that should berry.  Whereas the spiraea flowers brown off.

I love mine.  It has taken a year or so to get it going.  The top snapped off in the wind, but it's hardened up since then.

Suggests you can prune back hard after flowering.  They have a suckering habit.

A gardener friend of mine thinks the bare stems during winter are ugly.  I love the fluffy pink flowers on mine.

Building a potting shed or logcabin for half the price.

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:21

Looks great.  With respect, have you got any pictures of you building it?

Sad looking Hebe

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:54

Hi there,

I have a Hebe that I put in the front garden last year, which looked great in the spring.  But it looks as if the heart of it is on its way out.  Lots of browning of leaves.

I have tended to not water this plant as much as the rest of the front garden.  So perhaps it's just neglect.  I had assumed the dense canopy might have kept in enough moisture.  I did cut out some of what appeared as dead.

I've a heather below it, that also is very brown.   However I do try and water my two heathers.  The one beside it looks fine.

I've included two images, they aren't great quality, but they might give you an idea:



Tree for small front garden?

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:08

I fancied the spindle tree, but saw a Viburnum pink dawn, and bought that and have planted it.   Sadly it's not evergreen, but it does provide some winter interest with pink flowers.  It's still bedding in.  A gardener friend did warn me that it can get quite large - having said that he's a fan of the plant.

It has a vase shape, whereas the spindle looks as if it can grow quite wide.  So the former should suit the small garden better.

I think I'll try and find a spindle tree also, I must have at least one!  Perhaps I can find a space for it out the front, if not out the back.  Does anyone know how near to the house you can grow them?  Are the roots pervasive?  Victorian property without concrete foundation.


Silk tree in windy spot

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 12:45

I saw a persian Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin), and have been a little taken with the idea of planting it in the garden.  The tree's label (at the garden centre), suggested it was slow growing, is that true for all of them?  Or are these grown on rootstocks?

I read online that they can have shallow roots, Im wanting to place it in a windy spot, on chalk, I've probably less than  1m of top soil.  Would this be okay?

I've heard they are quite hardy other than that.  The pinnate leaves look like they'd do well in the wind, whereas I had a Willow yanked from the ground early winter (bigger sail).







Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 12:36

I have a variegated Photinia that I failed to get in to the soil last year, and it looked great this spring.  Only to now look a little sad after finally planting it out.  I'm loosing a lot of leaf.  I'm hoping it will settle down and settle in.  I thought it would be really happy to be finally liberated from its small pot!

Nice to see a Photinia grown as a standard.  And I like the idea of planting them into hedging.

I'm near the south-coast and there are some very exposed specimens close by that appear to do just fine.  My neighbour has one that has grown large and a little leggy, but it looks healthy.

Tree for small front garden?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:45

Still undecided, although I like all.  Today made me realise that it should be pretty wind tolerant, and even act as partial windbreak for some of the other bedding plants.   Something like a big grass would probably be better suited...

  • Windbreak (near to the ground)
  • Not too much leaf shade
  • Wind tolerant
  • Hardy
  • Chalk tolerant, poor soil
  • Pretty and a little different!

Yes I want it all.

The wind can sometimes snap off the tops of plants/shrubs.  

Tree for small front garden?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 08:41

Thanks for the suggestions. Have decided against Willow, as have a few out the back, but I did see a nice Flamingo one.

I'm considering non-trees too, this is my current list, not sure if I have a favourite:

Pink Viburnum
Viburnum × bodnantense 'Dawn'
Too much leaf shade?

Hamamelis × intermedia 'Pallida'

Stag's horn sumac
Rhus typhina
Too large?

Spindle tree
Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'

Worried it might get a little wayward.

Too large?

Dwarf Almond

Storm damaged willow tree

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 19:09

Amazing.   I must say I was optimistic to begin with that the coppiced tree would return.  But I started to get doubtful.  I'll be glad to see it spring back.

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Sad looking Hebe

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Tree for small front garden?

Showy little number, that can tolerate chalk soil, and sea winds 
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Will it take over my garden, and if so how much can I eat? 
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