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New garden - suggestions for design please

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 09:53

I do not have a walnut tree but have planted a few years ago a number of items under a cupressus leylandeii which is also supposed to be not possible and have items flowering under it through the year so its worth a try. Just make sure you just improve the soil before you start, and keep them moist (especially in the first year) and mulch annually with bark chippings or leaf mould.

New garden - suggestions for design please

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 11:31

I forgot to say visit a lot of gardens that open for the NGS etc as they will give you lots of ideas.A number will soon be opening for snowdrop and early bulbs so just checkout the NGS web site.

New garden - suggestions for design please

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 11:28

The gate is a wonderful focal point. You may want to highlight it with a rose and a clematis and have a meandering path down to it with a bed in the middle so that you can't quite see the gate which means you would have to wander down the path to find it at the end. Under the tree plant cyclamen, snowdrops, aconites, hellebores, pehaps a clematis to climb up it and a thornless rose and make the meandering path go towards this tree area first. you mayalso want perhaps a rill along the opposite side of the path with a bog garden which are easy to build. You mayalso want a gazebo or other seating area again to encourage you to venture down to the bottom of the garden. Check the soil below the tree, it maybe more acidic than the rest of the garden so you could also plant a camellia under it. Just make sure when you plant under it you give each plant plenty of leafmould or compost, water then well in their first year and add bark  or compost around them as the tree will make the area dry. Adding a gazebo would mean that you could add guttering and a water barrel. A greenhouse woukd also do the same.

Planting under cars

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 18:18

Thank you Flora rosa but I thin Sedums need full sun and mine will only get partial sun.

Planting under cars

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 17:55

I have to put my car in the drive between 10am and 12.01 pm Mon to Sat and would like to have a bed under the car between the wheels. My car is about 15cm from ground to the chassis and the only suggestion I can find is Lysimachia nummularia or Vinca both of which are thugs. I have tried goggling plants under cars with no luck at all. The garden is east facing so plants need to cope with part shade. Suggestion please as apart from a few geraniums, and one fern I cannot find anything.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 08:40

Hi all, cloudy rather than sunny in Dorset today. Had a great day yesterday, building a raised bed from the large branches of my oak that had to have part cut down, The tree surgeon had to cut them small so that i could move then  but still could only roll some of them and then upend into the hole I had made. Anyway it look wonderful now it is completed and I am off to the garden center to get some shade loving plants to put in it to add to the ferns I already have.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:18

Evening all. No chance to really get in the garden today as it has mostly been chucking it down. I did however get my two new water butts connected this afternoon so hope it rains all night so that they fill up as they kept getting blown over before they were connected, Wanting better weather tomorrow as planning to spend all day in the garden removing and cutting up all the deadwood my tree surgeon removed from my old oak tree which he thinks will give it a new lease of life. I hope so too, as it is I have enough wood for this winters fire in my log burner and still have enough to rebuild a wooden feature I have in the garden which has slowly rotted,

Talkback: 10 plants for bog gardens

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:06
The Gunnera can be huge, try Gunnera magellanica instead it is the smallest and is hardy in North Dorset, Ferns, hostas and sedges also do well as do all Iris Sibirica and Iris Ensata which are no way as thuggish as Iris pseudacorus which will go on a takeover bid. If your bog garden is large you can also try Darmera Peltata but this can also be quite thuggish. Other plants that are not so thuggish are Lobelia like Ligularia Queen Victoria, Trollius and a huge variety of primula.

Bluebells

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:25

Native blue bells only have flowers on one side and slightly hang down whereas spanish ones have flowers all around the stem and stand upright so it is very easy to tell them apart. If you are ever in North Dorset do visit Duncliffe woods as they have millions of native bluebells and when in full flower they look amazing. 

Native plants

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:12

It sounds like I grow anything which is easy to dig up and not let anything set seed. My mother bought a new house in North Dorset and the the council had insisted the the developer put and enormous amount of native hedging in the garden. The hedging not only went around the whole property but also completely covered the front garden and was about 30' across and impossible to cut, as nobody could reach across it and as it was up a 3' bank a tractor could not cut it either. My mother was told that she had to replace any hedge plant that died with the same hedge plant. Luckily we found that the council could only insist with this for 5 years, so we have now thinned the hedge so that it is possible to cut it. So perhaps this 5 year rule will apply to me as well.  

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