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'Plants That Like Clay Soil'

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…

Plants for Shade | Plants for a Purpose

…or if you have clay soil, which retains moisture well. As most plants suitable for damp shade are from woodland habitats they require a moist but well drained soil which is rich in organic matter. As with dry shade the most important thing to do before planting is to improve your soil by digging in…

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

…knew growing in my parent's garden on heavy, sticky Wealden clay. The soil is now much improved but pinks still grow there. They should be planted in a sunny position and, although the site should be warm and free-draining, they do not like to get too dry at the roots. Dampness during the winter can…

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 and Answer Session 8th March 2013

…the soil becoming 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…

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 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

How To Grow Rhubarb - Growing Rhubarb

…heavy, wet soil then plant them slightly higher, so that the top of the crown sits at ground level. This will help to prevent crown rot. Rhubarb plants can get quite large so allow a spacing of 75cm (30") between them. Growing Rhubarb in a Pot If you are short on space but would still like to grow…

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 horticultural question and answer session

…mould or 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…

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…

Hardy Annuals: Part 2

…warm spot in which to sow annuals for over-wintering and secondly, improve the soil drainage by forking in grit, especially on clay soils. One thing worth remembering about sowing in summer and early autumn is that the soil may be very dry at sowing time. Rather than soak the whole area to be sown,…

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 10th June 2011

…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 recover in their own time! You could also try improving your soil. The soil should ideally be improved with compost or well-rotted manure before planting as this will…

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

…back in winter by 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…

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

…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 tend to cause a…

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…

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

…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? And/or will it grow in a pot? Answer: Hi Lucy, you're right, Leptospermum do prefer a well-drained soil

Auriculas

…and plant food. At the extremes we know two successful growers one of whom uses a straight multipurpose compost and the other uses a mixture of mole-hill soil and well rotted cow muck with the bottom third of his pots filled with drainage material! Someone growing for the first time might like to…

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

…heavy clay soil. It’s always a good idea to improve your soil with well-rotted manure, compost or recycled green waste before planting to improve drainage. I hope this helps you get started Eunice, wishing you luck this year! Name: Jo Moore Question: An elderly friend of mine is sad that he…

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

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

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 wet soil

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

…on what worked and what didn't! * • Think about which bulbs you would like for next spring - now is the time to order ready for autumn planting. Other jobs about the garden * • If you have clay soil, now is the best time to improve it before it becomes too wet or frozen. Incorporate…

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

…warmth. Alternatively if your soil is clay, lacking nutrients or has a low pH below 6.5 (acid soil) this could cause slow development. Garlic struggles in poorly-drained, heavy soils, preferring a light soil in full sun. If your soil is heavy, try planting the cloves in module trays of multi-purpose…

Handling Small Seeds

like lobelia and begonias you can prick out into deep seed trays, or half-size trays for small quantities. Pot plants could be pricked out into individual containers like Jiffy 7s or 3in (7.5cm) pots, and hardy plants like foxgloves and meconopsis are best pricked out into trays. If you used soil

Facebook questions jan 21st

plants so they should thrive in a polytunnel, although make sure you regularly ventilate the polytunnel to prevent pests and diseases. Melons are most successfully grown in rich, fertile soil. A liberal application of well-rotted manure or garden compost should be dug into the soil before planting.

What to do in the garden in December

…Gem', winter land cress, purslane, and corn salad on cold nights. * • Protect any remaining celery plants left in the soil by covering with straw or fleece. * • Cover heavy clay soil with polythene to keep it drier and allow winter digging. * • While many parts of the garden and…

Badgers | Encouraging Wildlife

…food source in autumn. Planting dense rough cover such as brambles, Hawthorn and Blackthorn near to known setts will provide excellent shelter and privacy for Badgers. Badgers prefer to make their setts in secluded areas with sandy soils rather than heavy clay as lighter soils are easier to dig.…

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

…mature clematis plants and eventually leaves a clear stem at the base of the plant. Environmental causes can also bring about changes in leaf colour. Sudden hot periods, nutrient deficiencies and soil drought are but a few potential causes. There is also the possibility that your plant leaves are…

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

…on the leaves and causes stunted growth. Plants which are suffering from this will lack vigour which could cause death, particularly in difficult growing conditions. Make sure you plant your hollyhocks in full sun and on free-draining soil. Heavy soils can be improved by working in compost or…

Agapanthus

…chalk to clay, the pH of the soil seeming to be of little importance. Sadly we do not all possess the classic combination of a well-drained, moisture-retentive soil (does it really exist?), but provided that the soil is not cold or boggy during the winter months, success in growing the plants should…

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

…Helen Bazzard Question: I'd need to plant your Pinkberry in a container as our garden is at the foot of the South Downs, so much chalk and clay. How large a pot would I need ideally - this will dictate where I place it. The bush can reach 5 ft but what's the likely size in the most suitable pot?…