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best foliage perennial plant for the garden

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 21:03

P.S Ferns too, amazing colour changes that I just love. I'll shut up now

best foliage perennial plant for the garden

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:58

Personal experience shall rule in this discussion I'm sure, so, whilst being no expert in the field of horticultural wonder, I would like to say that foliage is absolutely my main ingredient in designing my garden and choosing plant combinations. This is just my absolutely favourite subject Verdun!

I adore any foliage that changes colour through the seasons so photinias, Spiraeas, Acers (obviously) Pieris, Huecheras, Virginia creeper, Elders...and don't forget the bark and stalks, my Eucalyptus has amazing peeling bark in spring/summer, especially when it rains...gosh the list is endless really, and so exciting!

I try to place changeable plants near each other so I balance out rusts and oranges with the cooler tones of those plants I discover that have a fresh blue or grey foliage such as pinks in spring/summer and my Euphorbia in autumn.


I'm still building this border and the photo is two years old now so this year's autumn colour will be especially exciting for me with the additions I've made since.

Sedums for one which have amazing foliage changing qualities, not just the flower heads. 

Hebe Red Edge changes foliage nearly all the seasons from deep mauve in winter, through pinky red to grey in autumn, so I've planted it near a rose that greens up brightly in spring with those red tinted new tips that harmonize really well.

Other plants I'm still experimenting with but even the hated Crocosmia has a glorious autumn death worth planting near some small leaved bluish hebes or other evergreens perhaps, then there's the blue stalks of eryngiums besides the flowers...

I could go on and on, but I'm really keen to read what others have to say..I may be stealing ideas


Posted: 12/06/2013 at 17:30

Is it still morning?


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 13:44

Great stuff, especially love GG's yellow rose. What a winner

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 15:19
MrsGarden wrote (see)

 more poppy pics please everyone.

 If you insist



clematis - The President

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:34

They do say that clematis should be pruned back the first year -at the sacrifice of flowers- to encourage more shoots but I've never done this.

I let it do its own thing and from experience two things occur.

1. it does perfectly well without pruning, generally setting up a nice coverage over three years.

2. it gets hammered by winds and I lose the lot (rather like pruning back) and it regrows the following year with a dozen new shoots.

So, the choice is moot really, either way, give it a couple of years and you will have what you want

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:23


Snap Matty2! I don't know it's variety either, as I explained in another thread, I started with a single Mrs Perry and now have various clumps ranging from taller pale pink to shorter scarlet red. Annoying for a control freak like me who separated the clumps last autumn only to find a red one amongst my salmon pinks this morning


 My Acanthus Mollis (foreground) is going nuts this year spreading beyond its allotted space and I'm especially pleased with the Thyme cuttings I took two years ago (low right of this pic and clearer view below centre) that were very slow to establish. Moving them didn't hurt either whereas most of my French lavender (below) died after being moved so my lavender path is pretty pathetic at the moment.


 Still deciding on the design of my middle garden and it's planting scheme, too much yellow and not enough structure for my liking, but overall things are healthy so can't complain.


 Sods law this morning in the garden when I happily discovered three flower spikes on my Cordyline after it spent the previous flowerless year splitting its trunk and then promptly snapped the leader off my standard wisteria that I'm growing from seed. Maybe I can make a new leader or else the thing is destine to remain a three foot midget (apologies to all three foot midgets who might be reading this)


what to do

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 09:52

Roses are extremely hardy and long lived but it depends when you moved it twice.

Roses should only be moved in winter when they are dormant because they don't have quick growing roots to re-establish like a herbaceous plant has and any moving will inevitably cause die-back.

I moved a climbing rose that was 17yrs old and 1 metre deep in the soil and it's taken two years for it to recover.


Poppy Has Changed Colour??

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 22:45

Root cuttings take well with Oriental poppies, otherwise just leave it to multiply itself.

Sharing in your intrigue, I bought a single Mrs Perry a few years back that has lovely salmon-pink flowers with dark purple centres but over the years it has not only clumped up massively but travelled across my border, varying in colour from taller baby pink with plum centres that flowers a good few weeks later than the original to  shorter scarlet ones with true black centres. I don't know how these varieties came into existence but last autumn I moved some of them, re-claiming my border and now have two separate clumps of the same colour...or at least that is the plan



Posted: 10/06/2013 at 12:53

Oh how did that compost store turn out Matty2? I'm looking to build one like that myself with three compartments so that I can turn two using the third as spare.

Also checking out wood prices to start building some trellis fencing to screen off the car-park area at the bottom of my garden as well as adding more structure to the garden and considering changing the way the path leads. at the moment it goes right up the middle of the garden but I want to be awkward and take it round the sides so as to increase the feeling of rooms in the garden.

I'll see how much expense that will work out at

Work later, have a nice day everyone

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