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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:48 pm    Post subject: Are these fully hardy? Reply with quote

I highly recommend the fragrant Viburnum carlcephalum which has the most outstanding scent - probably equal to the lilac, daphne, peony, camelia, jasmine or Asiatic lily. I'm not fussy about the larger viburnum which take up lots of space and grow almost tree like. Are bouganvillea and hibiscus hardy or do you have to suffer a loss each year? I wouldn't recommend the flowering quince, which has luscious looking flowers but they last only a week. Then shoots spread constantly all over. The saucer magnolia looks elegant when in bloom, but when done, the leaves look rotten and cover the ground. I've never really liked that plant. Nor am I keen on the Rose of Sharon, which doesn't have a smell and self seeds terribly. Do you need to bring in tuberous begonias, geraniums and dahlias? Lastly, there's an extensive catalogue at Homebase of bulbs, shrubs etc. Are the stores in Ireland as fully stocked? I have my eye on a monkey puzzle tree.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:13 am    Post subject: Re: Are these fully hardy? Reply with quote

ormondsview wrote:

1-Are bouganvillea and hibiscus hardy or do you have to suffer a loss each year?
2-Do you need to bring in tuberous begonias, geraniums and dahlias?
3-Lastly, there's an extensive catalogue at Homebase of bulbs, shrubs etc. Are the stores in Ireland as fully stocked? I have my eye on a monkey puzzle tree.


Hi Ormondsview
Hope u don't mind me re-arranging ur post
1- I have yet to see a bouganvillea in this country, and if by some chance, you did manage to get it to survive on a south facing wall, it wouldn't give the lovely full sprays of colour as you in the Med, they thrive in the heat. Most Hibiscusus' are tender, however, hardier varieties have been surfacing over the years. And I also saw new varieties that would treat like a herbaceous perennial, it dies down in the winter, and resurfaces in the summer.
2-This really depends on how much frost you get, but generally begonias and dahlia's need to dug up and brought in. Not heard the same about Geraniums.
3- I think this is dependent on the size of the store, the larger the store, the more of offer. Shop around though, these sort of place tend to over charge for "fashionable" plants like palms and tree ferns

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