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willowplanter has reviewed 5 plants

Kniphofia caulescens Red hot poker

Posted: 27 April 2012
Overall: Follow up to my last review. Even though I fleeced and dry mulched my plant it has rotted over the winter. I placed my plant at the bsae of a South facing wall with a lot of hort. grit added at planting. After all the care I took I feel that to say the plant is hardy in the North West of England is a little misleading. I would still give the plant 4 stars as it is such a magnificent plant.

Kniphofia caulescens Red hot poker

Posted: 22 December 2011
Overall: I bought a Kniphofia caulescens'John May's form) this year from the local garden centre and they were not willing to commit themselves as to how hardy they are so I am hoping this info is correct in saying they are hardy. As a precaution I have covered the plant with fleece as I thought a winter like last year may finsih it off!! Even though we had a cold wet summer it doubled in size and put up three flower spikes. I like the blue-green leaves they look attractive on their own - all in all good, attractive and architectural plant. After that write up I hope it now does survive the winter!!

Verbena bonariensis Verbena

Posted: 22 December 2011
Overall: I love this plant and once you have it it will seed freely. I like to plant it in the middle of a border as you can see through it and it looks stunning (well I think so) planted with orange varities of Crocosmia. As MrsP says it is also a fav of the butterflies and bees. I love it too!!

Astrantia major var. rosea Masterwort

Posted: 02 December 2011
Overall: I have four varities of Astrantia, major, ruby wedding, un named and hapsen blood. Every year they put on a wonderful show but then their leaves start to develop black spots and then turn yellow and die. The hapsen blood is not as affected as the others. At the moment there is a space in the border where the foliage was but they have produced a second flush of flowers. Is there anything I can do to prevent this happening or will I just have to put up with it?

Cosmos atrosanguineus Chocolate cosmos

Posted: 02 December 2011
Overall: I have grown a Chocolate Cosmos from a tuber for the first time this year and all I can say is WOW - It's in a well drained raised bed in full sun, it suffered slightly in the cold windy conditions we had earlier in the summer but since late July it has become the star of the garden and it is still flowering it's socks off and the smell mmmm! Hope to overwinter the tuber.