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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:28 am    Post subject: Looking for a shrub.... Reply with quote

I am new to the forum and moved to Ireland a few months ago from the US. I have 2 questions:
I am looking for a shrub to plant in my new garden.Needs to be compact, preferably evergreen, and this spot never gets direct sun as even in the summer it is always in the shadow of my house. I always like to plant native plants, but doesn't look like there are any natives that meet this criteria. But even if not native, I would like it to be something that looks like it would naturally occur here- ie not something that looks exotic. make sense? Back home it would likely be spot for one of the compact azaleas.
My second question is about starting dog roses from cuttings. I've never started any kind roses before from cuttings. This is what I did. I cut pieces about maybe 10-12 inches long, dipped about a cm of the cut end in rooting hormone powder, and stuck them in the ground. I have been watering every couple of days. The leaves have died, but the stalks still look green. Do you think this will work? Is this the wrong time of year to try this? Should I trim off the leaves so the plant can concentrate on roots?
Any info is greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi Fl Cracker
holly and yew would be suitable for a shady possition as they are part of the shrub layer in a woodland and are native and are very slow growing so will behave themselves for a long time , you could put a few ferns in as well as some wood rush .

as for the dog roses I would usually take cuttings sept/oct time but they should do ok as long as you dont let them dry ouy or over water them , just moist , keep them in the shade till they take . rose hip syrup is so nice and packed with vitamin c !

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mountainy Man. I like your shrub idea. A mixture of holly, yew and ferns will be nice in this spot. And I can just go dig up some lovely ferns from the creek behind my house. Free is good! Hopefully the dog roses will make it as well. I am surprised to find such a lack of suppliers of native plants here in Ireland. In the US, there is a native plant movement going on with many suppliers that only carry natives. In Florida where I am from, there are many large developments- or estates I guess you would call them, that only allow native flora to be planted. Ireland has such a beautiful native flowers, and if you want some, you've got to just find them and take them! And many are protected so you can't even do that. If anyone knows of a supplier of natives, please pass it on.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, FI Cracker!

Too much dark evergreen in a shady place might be a bit sombre and dismal on a grey Irish day. Would a variegated holly liven things up a bit?

I know this isn't 100% native, but in my last house, I had a very shaded north facing wall (next-door's garage-extension blocked the light pretty effectively) which the previous owner had planted with yew and rhododendron 'Hino Mayo'. It worked very well - and the pink flowers were glorious.
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