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Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:54

It could be that it is too shady as the other side of the hedge looks ok. Root restriction due to the closeness of the path may also be a problem or it could be that the hedge as a disease though I suspect not as it is ok on the front. Cutting it back may help and you could try feeding it but if it is caused by problems mentioned at the start of my reply are the case, pruning and feeding will not help.


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:37

In addition you might want to take cuttings to propagate them as well, just in case. See the section 'How to take rose cuttings' on this Gardeners World web site.


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 11:18

I normally do not cut any of these back as they look lovely in the winter but would they re-flower if I did?

Ligularia przewalskii

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 11:14

Does anyone know if Ligularia przewalskii re-flowers if I cut it back, or does it just look tidy or is it better to leave it for winter interest.

Talkback: How to make a garden pergola

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 21:38
I made mine out of wood. I bought round panel uprights 8 ft long from Scatts which just needed banging into the ground, either with a post basher or a bit of wood with a sledge hammer will also work. Then added 6" x 1" timber flat on top with two 6" x 1" screwed either side and a bit 6" x 6" on the end to make a trough. Lined it with plastic with holes drilled in the bottom of both the wood and plastic to allow drainage. Filled it with compost and vermiculite and plated it with ferns and vinca. Instead once putting the round panels in you can use the 1/2 roundels to screw on the top and plant, climbers up it. Its a lot easier than drilling walls which may need a hammer drill to get in them.

Very slopping area

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 15:16

Sorry I do not have any at the moment but hope to take some soon.

Very slopping area

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 19:34

Thanks for this, yes my father is fine now but it was an accident waiting to happen as I have nearly come off the wall while mowing the lawn for my parents.

Very slopping area

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 09:43

My mother has a  large slopping garden, sloping in two directions, with a wall holding the earth up on one side with a path along the side of the house on the other.  It was very dangerous to mow as you and the mower could easily fall off the wall as the entire lawn slopes towards it. My father broke his neck falling off of it. So my mother is having the wall raised and the soil moved from the lowest part of the slope to the upper part, so it is level. She is then having very wide steps coming down, to the lower paved area by the house. She was however wondering what to do with the sloping area next to the steps. I suggest a waterfall/ stream with a pond at the bottom and my father said he wanted a rockery, which could sit either side of the stream. As anyone any other idea or has pictures to give us some inspiration?

seating area designb

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 19:02

I would go for scent as it is going to be a sitting area: perhaps a winter scented evergreen clematis for the wall like Clematis armandii, or a honey suckle with a repeat flowering highly scented rose like 'Compassion' You could also put up a pergola to sit under in hot weather and grow a wisteria into it. In the pots I would again go for something scented, like Sarcocca and roses (some do go in pots but you must remember to feed them). Ferns would look good as you have suggested and you could plant scented narcissi. hyacinths etc and swap for geraniums or better still  the lovely scented Nemesia  vanilla scent which you can find in garden centers in early summer. Some of these will grow in shade. A good highly scented rose in shade is Zephirine Drouhin.

Raining again

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 18:41

I have used some of logs around the new border and the main trunk has been cut into 4 and I have placed them all in a shrub border. They all have some lovely rings and holes in them and I plan to add ferns in the holes when I do not have to  paddle to the shrub border which I still am as it is raining yet again in the SW with strong wind so may have another tree down though I do hope that I don't as most of my trees are either very old and mature or within 10yrs old if I planted them. Its a great shame that previous owner didn't plant trees. 

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Very slopping area

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Raining again

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