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Plants for Shade | Plants for a Purpose

…the plant. Remember that new plants will have no established root system so will need consistent watering in their first season. Plants for damp shade Damp shade naturally occurs in areas of woodland or forest. Areas of damp shade are cool and moist environments, often suiting foliage plants such…

Top 10 Perennial Plants

…Rudbeckia fulgida fits in nicely among other perennial plants or for something a bit taller try cultivars of Rudbeckia laciniata. Rudbeckia hirta are short-lived perennials and are often treated as biennials. Fantastic for heavy clay soils, plant Rudbeckia as part of a mixed border, herbaceous…

Plants for Containers | Plants for a Purpose

…The great thing about growing plants in containers is that you have full control over the soil they are growing in, which is useful if you have a difficult soil such as clay, chalk or acid. Most plants are happy growing in multipurpose compost although for perennial plants and shrubs its best to use…

Pinks: Evocaton of the Past | Dianthus | Flowers | Plants | Seeds

plants in different areas. An example of this is 'Sops-in-Wine' a cultivar name that embraces a whole host of different plants, each claiming to be the original. But who can tell after ten centuries that any one plant is the same as first grown in medieval times? Another cause for variation is that

Phytophthora Root Rot | Pests & Diseases | Gardening Information

that infected plants are removed and destroyed. Prevention is generally better than cure. If you decide to replace the plant you will need to improve the soil well before replanting and avoid excessive watering and mulching with manures that hold water in the soil. If you are gardening on heavy clay

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question & Answer session 27th July 2012

…what to plant bearing in mind I live in Sunderland, south facing and clay soil. Answer: Hi Tracie. People often feel slightly disadvantaged by having a clay soil but actually clay is extremely fertile and you can grow a really good range of plants on clay. If you are dealing with heavy clay then it…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 13th May 2011

…looks like they have developed a fungal disease. As it is only a few leaves then you can probably just pick them off and destroy them. Clear up any infected plant debris from the base of the plant too. It is worth knowing that Camellia leaf spots often colonise other small spots on the leaves that

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 8th March 2013

…compacted underfoot. Walking on clay soils damages their structure, encouraging water-logging. You may find it beneficial to add some coarse grit to your soil to help open up the structure. Make sure that you dig it in really well to mix it properly. Growing plants in raised beds, as you've…

How To Grow Rhubarb - Growing Rhubarb

…Pieces' Like most crops, you can try growing rhubarb from seed if you choose, but why wait when you can get ahead of the game by planting 'crowns' or 'budded pieces'. They are also much easier to establish, so they are ideal for the beginner gardener. Rhubarb crowns are established plants that are…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 21st August 2012

…clippings or will that not work - and I don't really have the space to store them, please please help x Answer: Hi Tracie. People often feel slightly disadvantaged by having a clay soil but actually clay is extremely fertile and you can grow a really good range of plants on clay. Unfortunately grass…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 11th January 2013

…something that is straightforward, plant them outside, I've read some of the seeds instructions, they are so complicated. Thank you very much indeed. Answer: Hi Fahima, it sounds like you would be best to choose drought or heat tolerant plants - we've put together a list of these plants at the…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook horticultural question and answer session

…manure to improve the soil prior to planting. On really heavy clay, you may find it beneficial to add some coarse grit to help open up the soil structure. Make sure that you dig it in really well to mix it properly with your own clay soil. Abelia is best planted in a sheltered south or west facing…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 13th August 2010

…have to agree with you that C. Emily McKenzie can be a bit difficult. My plant failed too and I grow on light, well drained soil (too hot and dry for her!). I believe that C. Star of the East is more tolerant of clay conditions. It is a wide flowered, yellow variety that makes quite a good display.…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 30th May 2014

…no more than a half. Don't worry about your soil type - roses growth well on clay. They are quite greedy plants however, so an application of slow release fertiliser in spring and autumn will be beneficial. I hope that helps you Lucy. * Robin Woodford * Sue, I have a tree peony which I bought from…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 19th October 2012

…you so much. Answer: Hello Barbara. There are several likely causes of the yellow blotching that you can see on the leaves of your raspberries. It is possible that your plants have become virused. Viruses are usually introduced to a plant by a vector such as aphids or soil dwelling nematodes and…

Facebook Question and Answer session 10th August 2012

…Therefore thinning should not really be necessary. It's great to hear that your plants are doing well. It sounds like you are going to have a bumper crop this year! Name: Di Hobbs Question: What can I plant in a heavy clay soil that's long lasting, blue or purple flowering and most importantly SLUGS…

Hardy Annuals: Part 2

…one thing that keeps hardy annuals flowering well it's regular dead heading. If the dead flowers are removed as they fade more and more flowers will appear. Some quick flowering plants like Phacelia and the modern mimulus hybrids can be rejuvenated when they fade by cutting back the plants to within…

Auriculas

…shake off all the compost then split the plants before potting. Whichever approach you take dead and rotting roots should be removed and pests like vive weevil looked for and removed. Never repot in hot weather. The best auriculas are still grown in clay pots. Their ability to dry out faster than…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 10th June 2011

…are planted now (for example moving suddenly from a very warm place to very cool conditions). Waterlogging will also cause leaves to turn yellow and plants eventually wilt. If your soil has a sticky, clay texture this could be the cause. If this is just a case of transplant shock your plants will…

Thompson and Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 5th April 2013

…of your roses after pruning. I hope that helps Shirley. Name: Lucy Garden Question: New question for Sue - I'd like to grow a leptospermum but I reckon cold wet clay is not going to work well, even though I'm in the South of the UK. Is there any leptospermum that is just a bit hardier than the rest?…

Michael Perry's Gardening Blog July 2012 - My Garden

plants, but I guess you're wondering what my own garden is like. Well, here's where you find out! Enjoy a few pictures too, I'll upload more when I can. I have a bit of a 'Jekyll and Hyde' garden where one side is completely dry and always very sunny and the other more shady and quite heavy clay and…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 24th June 2011

…If you like grasses then Purple Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea) is very tough too. Coastal plants such as Sea Thrift (Armeria), Sea Holly (Eryngium) and Potentilla (Cinquefoil) are excellent for exposed situations but do require good drainage. It’s also worth considering that even tough plants

Thompson & Morgan facebook question and answer session March 4th

…berries that attract birds (although you will need to make sure that you have a female holly with a male nearby to pollinate), and Sarcococca provides a good source of winter berries when there is little else for birds to eat. You might also consider under planting with nectar rich herbaceous plants

Growing Hardy Geraniums from Seed

…at 2-weekly intervals. When the young plants have made a good root system they may be planted out in the garden. Most species flower a year after germination, but some, including G. pratense, take two years. With all species, the full potential of the plants is not realised for another one or two…

Handling Small Seeds

…seed of plants like begonias and calceolarias can be especially difficult to deal with. Alan Toogood describes how to go about germinating seed you can hardly see. Many plants, both hardy and tender have extremely fine dust-like seeds. They are produced in copious amounts to ensure that at least…

Thompson & Morgan | Facebook Question and Answer Session 4th October 2013

…normally planted in October so would be fine to plant alongside your overwintering onions. Shallots do start growing roots once planted in the autumn so a late planting could have been responsible for poor results. Also, autumn-planting shallots and onions don't do well on heavy clay soils as the…

Hellebores

…if grown from seed and the young seedlings planted out into their permanent positions at an early stage so that they can grow on unchecked through to flowering size. The most successful plants seem to grow on rich alkaline or neutral soils, heavy clay being quite acceptable as long as it is well…

What to do in the garden in September

…pickling, and storing so that you can benefit from them later on. Take a look at our recipes page for ideas on what to make with your produce! * • It's important to pinch out your cordon tomato plants now if you haven't already done so. This will concentrate the plant's energy into producing…

Badgers | Encouraging Wildlife

…eating both meat and plants. As foragers, they eat what is available at the time and this may include insects, birds, amphibians, fruits and berries. Badger watchers will often report that they have a taste for unsalted peanuts too! If you have badgers in your area, try plant fruiting trees and…

What to do in the garden in December

…the branches. * • If you'd like to grow your own delicious raspberries next year, plant raspberry canes now whilst they are dormant. * • If your strawberry plants are over 3 years old, order some new strawberry runners to replace them. Old strawberry plants can harbour diseases and tend to…

Facebook questions jan 21st

…Given that they are also within date they should germinate just fine. Name: Kay Crawford Question: Hi, I'm looking for suggestions for some plants for the front of my house. It is a north-facing wall, with a big bay window, so something that will go underneath, or up and round, the window. I'd like

Thompson & Morgan | Facebook Question and Answer Session 26th July 2013

…on runner bean plants and will over-winter each year on the bamboo canes, ready to infect new plants. They cause the foliage to turn bright yellow and with heavy infestations will quickly cause plant death. The best course of action is to spray plants with a spray based on plant oils - they're…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 31st May 2013

…so they don't tip over when they grow taller (that worked with my Canna lily)? Thanks! Answer: Hi Kester, Tuberose bulbs take a long time to get started so don't worry just yet! It sounds like you have them in a good location. They like to be planted underneath a few inches of compost so I would…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 21st February 2014

…too! (I garden on clay.) Answer: Oh dear Lucy. It's a real shame that so many people have been affected by the recent floods. There is a good chance that you may well lose your bulbs - if not to the wet then to fungal disease which is likely to follow flooding, but you may find that the gooseberry…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 5th August 2011

…mention that Clematis wilt causes very sudden, quite specific symptoms so if the stem tips look ok then it is unlikely to be Clematis wilt. Often the leaves towards the base of the plant will gradually turn brown as the plant sheds its oldest foliage. This is quite normal in mature clematis plants

Agapanthus

…on as their growth rate allows. Plants from the second method should be big enough to plant out in their second season and are likely to flower in the following year. Graham Gough is a nurseryman with a growing reputation both for his knowledge and skills with plants. In the second part he considers…