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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's hard to get a border to look good throughout the year, especially if it is very visible from, say a sitting room or front entrance. But it is worth while making the effort.
I would consider pruning back some of the existing shrubs and trees to let better light in, especially towards the back of the border. Look at examples of 'raising the crown' of trees. Try to include some plants that will give winter structure, either evergreens or plants with a strong shape to their stems, or long-lasting seed heads.
And do consider the potential for bulbs to bring colour from snowdrops in January through crocus, daffodils, tulips, alliums, to lilies in July. There are loads in the shops right now and many could be started off in pots to be planted out later when you have your perennials sited.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for those replies folks - lots of interesting suggestions. The bed is cleared out of shrubs two week ago and I've planted some alliums, snowdrops and daffofils. Only the front edge of the bed is visible from the house - its really only during May - Aug, when we are in the garden that it needs to look good so I'm not too worried about iuts appearance during the aut - winter.

I have bought some Lavendar to plant at the front of the bed to give it some structure.

I'll keep updating (and looking for tips!) as I progress.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the best with the project. Looking forward to updates.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just remember lavender needs loads of sun and very free-draining soil or it sulks. I know, I've tried, countless times. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And a haircut at the end of flowering
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've planted a few Rose bushes in the border now and plan on putting in more perennials over the next few months. With a view on keeping costs under control, I picked up some bare root perennials (Lupins and Phlox) in Aldi. I've soaked these and potted them and they are next to the window in the shed.

When should i plant these out and would you expect they would bloom in the first year,

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leave them outside in a place where they will get rain and good light. But avoid direct sun or the pots may dry out too easily.. let them stay in the pots until they are growing strongly - they need to develop a good rootball before you plant them..
Both plants are tough as old boots so don't worry about a bit of frost.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Good Guy. I presume the new shoots would be very vulnerable to slug damage ? Slugs were the main reason i was keeping them in the shed but i take your point about light, it wouldn't be great in the shed
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are right about the slugs! You could apply a band of grease (Vaseline?) an inch or so wide below the tops of the pots or you could buy some copper anti-slug adhesive tape to do the same. Good hygiene in the area where the pots are will help and you can back this up with a small handful of organic slug pellets (which need to be replenished after rain). I also use crushed shells, holly leaves etc as "slug-discouragers" and try to ensure a good supply of slug predators.
Hope this is of use.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll pick up some of that copper tape

thanks GG
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update on my border:

late spring:


This week:




Brightens up the garden nicely. The rose bushes at the back of the border are very low still so the roses tend to be covered by the flowers in front of them. Once they're taller I think it will look better.

Also thinking for next year I might plant climbers on the wall at the back.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ps Blowin

the London Pride you gave me is planted on the far side of the border, under the fuchsia. Gave a very nice display of flowers in the spring. Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that's a very satisfying splosh of colour, and everything looks so healthy!

My lupins have been a martyr to mildew this year and with all the soil disturbance the self-sown foxgloves have failed completely. I'm jealous! Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's good, CG. I'm not much into flowers myself, but am glad to have done a little to improve things. All he best.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, cg! A lovely show - you must be delighted to have such a reward for your efforts. Brilliant.
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