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specimen plants for north easterly aspect

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 18:12

Well I have a Fatsia japonica in my north facing corner by the shed that does marvellously once established. Two (third coming soon) Acanthus in heavy shade, a pyracantha east facing that has gone mental in one year! A north-east facing Hebe Midsummer Beauty that is no trouble in a heavily shaded corner and flowers profusely in summer, several euonymus that never complain and a couple of Acers also very happy in shade with incredible autumn colour. All of the above offer structure and/or your colour preferences.

Choiysa Ternata is also happy in shade but that is neither structure nor reds/mauves and Clematis Montana will also do fine in North-east facing aspect, but thats a climber. Elaeagnus have lovely looking foliage and neat shapes but not your choices of colour.

That's my garden, I still have a couple of shade areas to plant up and haven't yet decided on the shrub to plant. Good luck

Depression and how gardening saved me

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 16:37

Nature heals

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Posted: 05/05/2012 at 14:43
Inkadog wrote (see)

No luck with the globe artichokes--will add to my wish list. I must do a town trip soon--need new glasses.

Haha, this made me laugh as I imagined you passing by the artichokes for sale because of bad eyesight

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Posted: 05/05/2012 at 13:43

Just got back from the garden centre. I really really wanted to buy Heuchera Marmalade and Euphorbia Silver Swan but they were £8 each, so I've opted for three decent sized Buxus sempervirens for £10 and a Stachys byzantina.

The Box will get potted on and pampered into topiary over the next three years, the latter will get propagated like mad for a big spread in the full sun border next year. I had a Stachys once before which ended up as slug dinner and there was me thinking that slugs didn't eat silver foliage, so I'm well prepared this time round.

Slightly depressed about the lack of sun and the lack of sun forcast to come, but I still enjoy the growing season whatever the weather.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 13:25

Grey, cloudy, showers, really cold wind in Kent today

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Posted: 05/05/2012 at 09:06

Beautiful figrat!

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Posted: 04/05/2012 at 23:44

Have a good flight/trip KG! Hope your garden is full of wonder when you return

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Posted: 04/05/2012 at 23:32

@Rob Stevens, well you are much informed

Sounds like your version is very attentive. Trial and error and personal experience are always the best ways since everybody's garden environment is different. What I meant by loose frame was to push stakes or pruned branches around the clump in a circle and use string to bind the circle together. I saw it done at Kew once but I'm thinking that is for very large clumps probably. The theory behind it is a little sway is okay, but holding the flowers too tightly will snap them.

Your methods with the figure of 8 sounds great.

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Posted: 04/05/2012 at 21:35
Rob Stevens wrote (see)

It's going fairly well for saying I'm making it up as I go along!

I don't know if you have one near you, but small independent nurseries are worth looking at for cheap starter plants. I got my delphiniums, digitalis and saxifrage from one at 70p each.

I wish you every success and enjoyment your first year Rob, but just to prepare you, guard your Delphiniums and Foxgloves from slugs and snails and watch out for vine weevil in the roots of your Saxifrage!

 Not all plants are slug dinner, you just happen to have chosen their favourites! Also, Delphiniums could do with staking but the best version (although none is gale proof) is a loose frame around the plants instead of tight canes. It's your choice of course, but lets not spoil your first year of gardening!

Getting to know your soil and environment will serve you well, being vigilant against pests and diseases will allow your plants to reward you the best way they know how.

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Posted: 04/05/2012 at 21:23

@Woo2: Crush two bulbs of garlic (whole garlics), boil in 2pts water for 3-4mins until blanched. Strain and make back to 2 pts. Leave to cool and store. Mix 1 tablespoon into a gallon (3.8 litres) of water, sprinkle late afternoon in dry weather.  

I always used to shirk at killing them and threw snails over the fence in the direction of the car-parking area, hoping that birds or cars would finish the job for me, and I never handled slugs (too icky) but I have to say, this year has been tougher and feel less guilt, taking my secateurs to them, cutting heads off or cutting in half. Sorry to sound cruel but I'm trying to kill them as fast as possible. I don't do late night hunts because its too horrible at night, but I will search foliage when its pouring day time.

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