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Rejuvenating Miscanthus

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'

Hi, Marrel,
Your instincts are spot on! It is definitely time to lift and divide your Miscanthus after three years in the ground. It is a bit late to cut back and divide, but I think you should go ahead and do it. Be sure to discard any dead parts from the centre and make sure new tranplants get plenty of water when you plant them.
Happy dividing!
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 14th April 2009 20:08

Homeless birds or shaded garden?

Message from David Sewell

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Julianne,
Good post! This has got the old grey matter whirring a bit!
Right, tall and thin. Well you could try a bamboo - something like Phylostachys nigra or 'Aurea' would certainly give you the height but might be a bit too wide. An alternative might be the grass Miscanthus sacchariflorus (please note spelling might be wrong - there's no time to look these things up!) which grows tall and strong to about 12 feet. It dies back in the winter but the beauty of it is that it retains its canes and flower heads all winter as well so you still get the height and I think the winter stems are very attractive.
Tall, thin and evergreen might include some of the smaller fastigiate conifers but I'm wary of suggesting anything because you've either got to spend a fortune buying mature specimens or wait decades for them to reach full height! However if you're prepared to trim them each year then you have a wide variety of medium-sized fastigiate ones to choose from.
Something a little more exotic might be the hardy palm Trachycarpos fortunei (again don't take my spelling as gospel!) which can be bought as a tall mature specimen for a reasonably sensible price. Another thing that springs to mind is Taxus fastigiate which is very controllable for a decade or so but may need topping and tying in after that. However - it is a fantastic roosting site for the birds, being very tight.
Evergreen shrubs that will cope with your soil and would provide cover for the birds include Aucubas, Berberis, Choisya, Cotoneaster, Mahonias, Pyracanthas. A bit mainstream I'm afraid, but heavy clay is a very testing environment and these species are tried and tested.
Hope that helps!
All best,
David Sewell NCH, NDH

  • Posted: Wed. 8th April 2009 18:33

let me know what you use

Message from Mark Pumphrey

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

glad you looked up my plant suggestion. It is a lovely plant and not used enough. Let me know what action you choose to implement. Buddleia are very attractive tall shrubs. I have Buddleia Lochinch in my garden which works well adding height and a fragrant pale blue flower next to a pale pink moss rose and variegated miscanthus. Cut it back last weekend (saturday- after getting off computer- thanks Nicola for picking the best day this year for the web chat !!!!) and look forward to seeing it put on some strong new growth providing we can see an improvement again in the weather.

Mark Pumphrey MSGD

  • Posted: Thu. 26th March 2009 23:36

Evergreens for jungle/tropical garden

Message from David Sewell

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Karen,
I smiled when I saw this question. One of the main reasons people love 'junglely tropical' gardens is that the plants are big and bold rather than 'not taking up much room' but obviously space is at a real premium in your garden.
There are the usual suspects like tree ferns (Dicksonia Antarctica) Cordylines, Fatsia japonica and Yuccas which can be used for the main accent plant in a scheme.
Smaller plants might included various hardy ferns - I think Polystichum setiferum 'Divislobum' is a beauty, Dryopteris felis-mas (Hardy male fern) Matteuccia struthiopteris (shuttlecock fern) and varieties of asplenium (which are smaller.) From my travels in rain forests in south America and Asia ferns are present in every conceivable shape and size so I'd definitely want a few of them in the garden.
The smaller bamboos in pots might be useful - Sasa veitchii has the right feel to it but needs to be contained otherwise it'll run everywhere. Shibataea kumasasa is also a lovely exotic looking thing which is easier to manage. Instead of bamboo you could try the Miscanthus grasses which aren't evergreen but sometimes it's nice to have some sort of seasonal change in the landscape. Miscanthus saccharaflorus is a brilliant grass that gets up to 12ft tall but doesn't take up too much space laterally (please excuse the spelling here - they may be slightly wrong - I'm trying not to waste time looking them up!)
For ground cover plants with a slightly rain-foresty feel about them (not necessarily evergreen though) you could try Epimediums, saxifraga fortunei, smilacina racemose (grows to 2-3ft but looks fab), tiarellas, Iris foetidissima, ….the list goes on!
Hopefully this will get you thinking..
All best,

David Sewell NCH, NDH

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 11:02

You asked for it!

Message from Ann

In forum: New to gardening

I am dying to bore someone with this so thanks for asking lol !.
On the pergola - Rosa Malvern Hills, jasminium nudiforum, lonicera graham thomas, clematis huldine, rosa maid of kent.
Bedding is long - achillea, agastache, alchemilla, anemone, anthemis, aquilegia, aruncus, aster, astratia, bidens, calamagrostis karl forester, campanula, catanache, centratnthus, cimicifuga purpurea, coreopsis, delphinium, deschampsia, dianthus, diasica, digitalis, epimedium rubrum, erigeron, erynciums, erysimum, euphorbia, gaura the bride, geranium, geum, gypsophillia, helenium, helianthus, herocallis, heuchera, iris, knautia, kniphofia, libertia, lubularia, linaria, lupins, maclays microcarpa, miscanthus, molinia, nepeta, origanum, osteospernum, paeony, panicum, papaver, pennisetum, penstemon, persicaria, polemonium, potentillia, salvia, sedum, sisyrinchium, stachys byzantia, stipa, thermopsis, trifollium, verbena, veronica + shurbs and other climbers.

Thanks for the advice and offer on edibles especially the corn, best I wait until the veg beds are done for that, I have put off edibles way too long because seed seems daunting, Must do it now - I need to get a propogator really but will try strawberries for sure. Any tips on which one? will try onions and carrots I think - and definately garlic under the roses. Any "easy" things to try that you can suggest? Never grown a thing before so something to give me confidence would be great.

Many thanks - That should keep you going for a while!


  • Posted: Fri. 6th March 2009 11:51

See Chelsea 2008 Show Gardens

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Events & Gardens to visit

Hi all - we have now uploaded the plant lists of the major show gardens for Chelsea Flower Show 2008 . Please look for 'event gardens' in the links at the top. We will continue to update this area adding images of the actual gardens once built.

Some plants are going to be used in a across the 2008 show gardens. These include: Soleirolia soleirollii, Alchemilla mollis, Hakonechloa macra, Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light', Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy', Buxus sempervirens

Unusual plants will include: Nothofagus antarctica, Drimys lanceolata, Paris polyphylla, Dracunculus vulgaris, Anigozanthus, Xanthorrhoea

Star plants that we like a lot include: Geranium 'Lily Lovell', Iris chrysographes, Allium stipitatum 'Mount Everest', Geranium phaeum 'Album', Gardenia jasminoides, Iris sibirica 'White Swirl'

Which ones do you like? Are you going to visit this year?

  • Posted: Thu. 8th May 2008 19:54