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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can I suggest a grass for structure and movement along with some plants, here goes anyway,
Calamagrostis "Karl Forrester" (Sterile Grass)
Stipa Gigantea (large Grass)
Verbena bonariensis (Herbaceous perennial)
Echinacea purpurea,
Anemone Japonica
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have my eye on some large grass,s for the corners on either side alright. Id also like ti plant a fern and hosta somewhere..just havn,t got the vision at the moment.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:34 pm    Post subject: Perennials Reply with quote

Great idea about the grasses etc. and I have totally fallen for Verbena bonariensis. I first saw it in France last year and liked the look of it. So I planted two and I'm really pleased with them - great height, wind resistant, see through/airy structure, beautiful flowers and the butterflies love them. What's not to like?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And hundreds of free plants as it seeds itself freely. !! I thought I had lost my few plants during that very hard winter we had and actually went and bought seeds, and didn't the plants revive, despite looking totally dead, and I was left with a very foolish-looking packet of seeds.
Moral of the story....? Verbena Bonariensis is tough as old boots and will be in your garden forever.......great value !
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question! When i remove the plants from the pot should i break up the root ball before planting or just loosen some of the roots at the bottom of the soil clump?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nozebleed wrote:
Question! When i remove the plants from the pot should i break up the root ball before planting or just loosen some of the roots at the bottom of the soil clump?


Depends. If the roots are not going round and round at the bottom of the pot, plant as is. If the roots are circling, then you'll have to free them all out or cut them off.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sive wrote:
And hundreds of free plants as it seeds itself freely. !! I thought I had lost my few plants during that very hard winter we had and actually went and bought seeds, and didn't the plants revive, despite looking totally dead, and I was left with a very foolish-looking packet of seeds.
Moral of the story....? Verbena Bonariensis is tough as old boots and will be in your garden forever.......great value !


Mine died in the hard winter and never self-seeded at all. But I didn't like it anyway: it looks like a roadside weed. Everyone to their own. Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As with many plants, it depends how it's grown. It needs to be with planting that gives it, visually, a foundation to rise above.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok,went out a pick up some lovely compost,,my local landscape depot sold me a a1/4 tonne for just 12.50. Its roasting!! Steam and everything! Anyway while i was there i picked up some plants and the grass i had in


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that looks like a miscanthus from a distance am i right.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exact name is Pennisetum Alopecuroides!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If my memory serves me right that is an Australian grass and if we get bad weather over the winter it will suffer, i used to sell them this time of year as they arrived into the country in flower?? and people went mad for them especially flower shop customers. let us know how it gets on.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Positive thoughts please greengage! Ha ha..I had a quick look there at the botanical info and it says hardiness zone 5-9. So hopefully it will be ok..i can imagine a long wet winter would run a grass like this alright. I believe it must be trimmed back at some stage in spring? I do appreciate your feedback..keep it coming.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok i think im finished for this year..last thing im gona do is buy a 1/4 tonne of bark chippings and thats it...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well done looks well
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