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This plant is featured at Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Hosta 'Francee'

Hosta 'Francee' (Plantain lily 'Francee') has been used in The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council for Chelsea Flower Show 2009.

  • Posted: Sun. 17th May 2009 11:51

This plant is featured at Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Hosta undulata var. albomarginata

Hosta undulata var. albomarginata has been used in The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council for Chelsea Flower Show 2009.

  • Posted: Sun. 17th May 2009 11:49

This plant is featured at Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Hosta fortunei var. aureomarginata

Hosta fortunei var. aureomarginata (Gold-edged plantain lily) has been used in The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council for Chelsea Flower Show 2009.

  • Posted: Sun. 17th May 2009 10:34

Options for a damp lawn

Message from Mark Pumphrey

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Having re laid your lawn it would seem as though you have responded to the damp conditions by adding grit to the soil before re laying the turf. With no dimensions available it is difficult to advise on paving the frontage over. You need to consider the recent legislation regarding paved surfaces and the treatment of the water ensuring you conform to the guidance. Check the following web site www.environment-agency.gov.uk/suds if you wish to pave the frontage over. Other ideas are to respond to the damp conditions and replace the lawn with a plant that enjoys these conditions. I have seen pachysandra used on mass which is extremely effective in producing a green sward. Working with the conditions is far more rewarding and a lesson I have learnt mainly from my initial reading of Beth Chatto's books which were inspirational and a must for all to read. With damp ground you could form a borders with a path running through. Hemerocallis, Hosta and ligularia could be grown with shrubs such as cornus and Viburnum onodaga adding height to the beds.

Mark Pumphrey

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 18:55

Shady rectangle

Message from David Sewell

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Right, well here's just one suggestion but I'd like to think I'm just getting the ball rolling with this because there are a lot of other talented plants people with great ideas here.

How about using a slate scree for the ground area with a couple of 3ftish slate monoliths to give the hard structure some height. For planting I'd have a backdrop of a really cool bamboo called phyllostachys aureocaulis which has lovely yellow stems with green stripes. As an extra bonus some of the stems take on a zig zag nature between the nodules. It'll grow to 4-5 metres so giving you that height. I'd manage the bamboo carefully taking out all but the straightest and the most zig zig stems and anything that didn't grow straight up leaving space between them so that you really appreciate the colour and growth patterns.
To contrast with the vertical bamboo I'd use a red Japanese maple and then as another contrast to the bamboo and the maple a big grey leaved Hosta like sieboldiana. I might also be tempted to plant the delicate fern Adiantum venustum.
And I'd probably leave it at that!
Now I'd love to see some other ideas to this one….
All best,

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 18:32


Message from CD

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Yes indeed, there are several layers of underplanting either planned or underway, lots of spring bulbs, shade loving ground cover plants, Hostas, Skimmias, and a variety of summer flowering perrenials. When it's all finished I'm hoping for a lot of plants at different heights to really create an everchanging backdrop to a small garden through all the seasons - fingers crossed!

  • Posted: Wed. 8th April 2009 20:32


Message from Georgie

In forum: Hosta 'So Sweet'

Well done Laura. The three I'm growing (Hostas are new to me too) are all showing signs of growth now. They were billed as 'slug resistant' but yesterday one furled leaf on 'Invincible' had been almost completely chewed through. :( Not very well named is it?


  • Posted: Sat. 28th March 2009 17:57

Hope springs eternal

Message from Laura Thomas

In forum: Hosta 'So Sweet'

glad to say that 2 of the 3 hostas have just put in an appearance. Thanks for the advice Kathy - am ensuring they do not dry out and fortunately I did keep the pots in a sheltered postion.


  • Posted: Mon. 23rd March 2009 14:05

Blue Border

Message from Jason Lock

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

As a garden designer you are often asked to design on particular planting themes and I have many years ago designer a garden which the brief was to be only blue and white! this had to include everything including the paving.

As its only one border it shouldbe fine there are a wide range of plants which would work and adding spots of purple wouold help to enhance the colour theme. You might also consider adding glaucous foliage into the mix eg Euphorbia wulfenii - although the flowers are yellowy green the foliage for the rest of the year would compliment the scheme.

Plants I would suggest are

Hellebores - blue purple vars such as 'Blue Lady'
Iberis 'Snowflake'
Lamium 'White Nancy'
VeronicaIris vars
Dicentra spec. 'Alba;
Heuchera Pewter Moon, Palace Purple

These are just a few suggestions which I hope will help. Attached is a picture of planting scheme we did at Chelsea in 2005 which is a blue border.

Jason Lock MSGD

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 11:46

Finishing off extension

Message from David Sewell

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Claire,
The photo is really useful here.
I might be tempted to first cut a line across the concrete parallel with the house to give you another foot or so of border (Plants struggle for water if they're right against the house) then I'd get a local 'chap' to dig out the border to 18” if possible and bring in some good topsoil. This is worth it otherwise you'll be forever struggling to grow stuff in there.
On an east facing wall that doesn't get much sun I'd try Hydrangea petiolaris which is a lovely climbing hydrangea that looks lush in the summer and the stems are a lovely warm brown in the winter. You could also try Cotoneaster horizontalis as a low wall shrub and to give evergreen structure to the planting. It's an old favourite but for a very good reason - it handles difficult locations well.
In the border you could go for contrasting foliage plants - ferns like Dryopteris felis mas or polystichum setiferum combined with our native Iris foetidissima and a big bold hosta like Francis Williams. For flowers look up Hydrangeas, Brunnera macrophylla, Geranium macrorrhizum,, Alchemilla mollis, Dicentra eximia (a brilliant colourful perennial) .
Shade-loving plants tend to flower in the spring - this is because their natural habitat is usually deciduous woodland and once the leaves are on the trees the amount of light they have is limited so they need to get their breeding cycle out of the way as early as possible. So don't worry about too much emphasis on a big 'blast' of spring flowers. As long as you have the structure in their (with the ferns etc) then the planting will look good for most of the year.
Finally I'd then mulch the border with approx 40-mm of pea shingle. Check out the Stonemarket catalogue for a variety of decorative aggregates but don't be tempted to get anything too bright. All best,

David Sewell NCH, NDH

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 10:40

rockery in full sun

Question from Sandra Messham

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Can anyone suggest what plants to put in a small Rockery and Borders that is in the sun all day . I have spring bulbs but can't seem to find a plant to survive the summer only Lavender & Hostas.

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 09:48

Spring Plant Sale at Helmingham Hall, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Events & Gardens to visit

Sunday 24 May 2009 10.30-4pm

The popular annual spring plant sale run by Suffolk Plant Heritage in partnership with Helmingham Hall Gardens has an iris theme this year. Eight hundred plants of the rare Iris sibirica 'Roanoke's Choice' which is only available from eight nurseries in the UK will be given away free to visitors.

For the first time Helmingham's Coach House Garden and pond will be open throughout May, featuring banks of Iris sibirica and flag Iris. And for iris lovers there is another treat - the National Collection of Cedric Morris Iris will exhibiting with plants for sale.

This is the tenth year that Suffolk Plant Heritage (formerly NCCPG) has held its plant sale at Helmingham Hall in partnership with Helmingham Hall Gardens. Specialist nurseries including Fernatix, Harvey's Garden Plants and Woottens of Wenhaston will be selling a wide range of unusual and popular plants. Several nurseries will be coming directly from exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show.

National Plant Collections based in Suffolk including Dianthus (Malmaisons) Campanula, Hosta, and Astrantia will be on display, as well as stands selling garden furniture and accessories.

Visitors to the plant sale can also enjoy Helmingham's Grade 1 listed gardens including the dramatic spring borders, knot and herb garden, nineteenth century parterre, ancient deer park and Victorian kitchen garden.
Entry to plant sale £5 including admission to Helmingham Hall Gardens. (9m. NE of Ipswich on B1077.) Free parking. Home made lunches and teas.

  • Posted: Tue. 17th March 2009 08:15

Hoping for Hosta

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Hosta 'So Sweet'

Hi, Laura,
I agree with Georgie - don't give up hope. I remember quite a few springs when I was worried my hostas were gone for good but they always came back - even ones hidden under the foliage of Hellebores all winter. If they don't come back (which I really think they will) I think there are two things that would have killed them over winter - if the pots froze and/or they did not get enough moisture. Even though dormant, they would still need some moisture over the winter since they are in pots. Good luck and let us know when they pop up!
Kathy C

  • Posted: Sun. 8th March 2009 06:30


Message from Laura Thomas

In forum: Hosta 'So Sweet'

thanks for your encouragement Georgie - fingers crossed they will re-emerge but checking today, still no sign of life :(

Actually I've never had much luck with Hostas when planted in the garden so kept them in pots this year!


  • Posted: Sat. 7th March 2009 22:15


Message from Georgie

In forum: Hosta 'So Sweet'

Hi Laura

I planted three bare-rooted Hostas in the autunm in pots and today I noticed two of them have tiny shoots appearing. But it's early days so I'd give yours a while yet before you give up hope.


  • Posted: Sat. 7th March 2009 19:35

Hostas - are they alive?

Question from Laura Thomas

In forum: Hosta 'So Sweet'

I have 2 hostas (So Sweet) in pots which died back over winter but there is still no sign of growth on them yet. Is it too early or have they died?

My 'Jack Frost' Brunnera is just putting up leaves so had expected to see something from the hostas.

Would appreciate some advice

thanks -

  • Posted: Fri. 6th March 2009 19:34

Slug-resistant Hostas

Message from Georgie

In forum: Ornamental plants

Thank you for your helpful reply, Kathy. I'm a frequent visitor to Capel Manor as I'm lucky enough to live about 10 minutes drive away. The gardens are open at weekends until 3 November (15 November is the college open day) so I hope to get up there to check out the trial before they close for winter. Meanwhile I think I'll give these Hostas a try but I'll use my usual (non-chemical) slug deterrents around them to be on the safe side.


  • Posted: Sat. 18th October 2008 11:18

Too good to be true??

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Ornamental plants

Hi, Georgie
I think you are right to be wary of a totally slug resistant hosta. Given the choice, slugs will probably tend to steer clear of thicker, ribbed and slightly hairy hosta leaves (like those you mentioned) as these are harder to munch through and go straight for smoother, thinner, variegated leaves. Having said that, if there is nothing else around, I would bet they would go for what was available no matter how thick and bumpy the leaves were! Apparently, there is a trial in progress at Capel Manor in Enfield, London to test just how slug resistant some cultivars really are - they have an open day 15 Nov so you can check it out. Results should be available next year but I don't know when. There was at trial done in Texas in 1999 and 'Big Daddy' and 'Invincible' were included. They didn't do as well as others - 'So Sweet', 'Sugar & Cream', 'Blue Angel', 'Blue Cadet' and 'Royal Standard' came out on top. Here's the link so you can see the full report http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/county/smith/hosta/hosta99results.html
The same group did trials in 1998 and 2000 with similar results.
Hope this is somewhat useful and please let me know how you get on. Any chance you are near Capel and can make a trip?
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Fri. 17th October 2008 20:56

Slug-resistant Hostas

Question from Georgie

In forum: Ornamental plants

I've seen an offer for slug-resistant Hostas and I must admit I'm fairly sceptical. The varieties are H. 'Big Daddy', H. 'Invincible' and H. tokudama. Does anyone have any experience of growing these varieties and if so, how have they faired?


  • Posted: Wed. 15th October 2008 20:30

Shady solutions

Message from Laura Thomas

In forum: New member


I sympathise as shade is my ongoing challenge for small city garden.

My advice is put plants in containers and see how well they grow before doing any planting in beds. Your slate chipping area will certainly show any container planting off to good advantage.

I would not advise a rockery as these are designed for sun loving plants e.g. alpines which normally grow in this kind of environment. Can't quite visualize your slope but you could try terracing it (and thus achieving raised beds too) http://www.pghgardenservices.co.uk/terracing.html Raised beds are a good idea for shade so plants are closer to the light!

You say you have a central path with beds either side - you could do something different and split the path left & right with a central bed or featured urn/container e.g.

Make particular use of variegated & architechural plants as the green contrasts will brighten up shady area (see example pic). Green is a wonderful colour, especially combined with white or cream flowers

Plants for shade include hostas, ferns, ivy, hydrangeas, some fuschias, - depends on whether its moist or dry shade

More & more people are using their front gardens for vegetable growing. Shade tolerant leafy vegetables include lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, arugula, endive and radiccio. Broccoli (and its relatives -- kale, kohlrabi, turnips, mustard and cabbage -- also grow in partial shade.

Finally do include plants for wildlife - anything with berries for birds, single flowers for bees & water/bird bath

Hope this has helped

  • Posted: Mon. 9th June 2008 00:32