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Re: plants for shade in containers

Message from Ann

In forum: Container gardening

Thank you everyone, I put hostas in plus heuchera and they are doing well and no slugs so far - I have got copper tape and coffee grounds and OH has propped them up on some bricks for me.
thank you1.

  • Posted: Sun. 29th May 2011 08:38

Re: Re: Re: plants for shade in containers

Message from Carol

In forum: Container gardening

I have found this year that coffee grounds are working well keeping the hostas free of slugs. I put the spent coffee grounds on the surface of the compost in the pots through the winter and the fresh shoots have come up through and are (mostly) un-nibbled. Having said that, it was such a cold winter that there aren't as many slugs as usual!

  • Posted: Tue. 10th May 2011 16:03

Re: Re: plants for shade in containers

Message from Ann

In forum: Container gardening

Thankyou Gillian and Kathy.!
I must admit I have steered clear of Hostas because I was gardening all day and slug/snail hunting by night!! - but in containers with the tape I might stand half a chance!!
And Kathy thanks for the advance search advice, I wasn't aware I could do that. I looked up ferns and was a bit daunted by the amonount of choice !!
What would I do without this site, that has stopped days of pondering!!
Thanks again!!
ann
But I really like hostas and there is a fantastic range to choose from so I will keep you posted on

  • Posted: Tue. 10th May 2011 06:03

Re: plants for shade in containers

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Container gardening

Hi, Ann,
If you do an Advanced Search here on Shoot and put in plant name 'fern' and then select 'containers' for use, you will get a nice list of ideas. And I agree with Gillian about giving Hostas a go - they do very well in containers and I used copper tape on my pots as well and the slugs steered clear.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 9th May 2011 22:48

Re: plants for shade in containers

Message from gillian deacon

In forum: Container gardening

Hi Ann. I have a few hostas that were in an ordinary pot and lots of trouble with slugs and snails, but this year I've put them in a planter in shady spot and they look amazing. There are three of them all different and I've proteced them from the slugs etc by putting copper tape all round the planter. Hope this is a useful idea. Happy planting Gill

  • Posted: Mon. 9th May 2011 20:17

Re: Unidentified plants in my garden

Message from Geof

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi, Yes the Hosta is a spot on, but the climber.... without sizes it is difficult, but the leaf pattern looks like Winter Jasmine to me. The other may be crocosmia, probably is at this time of year.
Geof

  • Posted: Mon. 2nd May 2011 16:31

Re: Re: Unidentified plants in my garden

Message from LB

In forum: Identify a plant

Thank you so much for your help - I've googles hosta and crocosmia and am now really keen to see if I get crocosmia flowers!

  • Posted: Sun. 1st May 2011 22:52

Re: Unidentified plants in my garden

Message from Anna Beta

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi, and welcome to Shoot. The climber may be a wisteria. The broad leafed plant is a hosta, and I suspect the long leafed plant may be a crocosmia, but you would need a flower to check for sure. Sorry I can't be specific on varieties, but that should get you started.

  • Posted: Sun. 1st May 2011 21:00

Re: When does dicentra spectabilis die back?

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Dicentra spectabilis

Hi, Jonathon,
It should be gone by midsummer. Best to always plant with Dicentra with other shade-loving plants that are at their height of growth in summer - Ferns, Hosta or Polygonatum are some suggestions - they will cover the unsightly leaves while the Dicentra dies back and you won't have any 'holes' in the border.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Wed. 27th April 2011 21:25

Re: Re: Hosta planting depth?

Message from Katrine

In forum: General

Hi Kathy
Thanks for replying. I'll have to go and rethink things now:(
The plan I was working from was a three tier design, each being 12 cm deep. But I guess there is no point going ahead with that if it won't support the plants needs.
Thanks again.
Katrine

  • Posted: Tue. 19th April 2011 23:08

Re: Hosta planting depth?

Message from Kathy C

In forum: General

Hi, Katrine,
I suppose it all depends on how many you want to put in the planter and the mature size of the varieties you want to plant. Small ones would probably do well with 30cm deep, maybe a little more. The most important thing to have it good drainage.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 19th April 2011 22:39

Hosta planting depth?

Question from Katrine

In forum: General

Hi
I've just ordered a number of young hosta plants. My garden is all monoblock or gravel, and I'm hoping to have a special wooden planter made for the hostas. Could anyone advise me on what sort of depth it should be?
Many thanks, Katrine

  • Posted: Tue. 19th April 2011 18:36

Re: Re: unhappy hosta

Message from Annie

In forum: General

Hi mike yes the other hostas are near to it and they are big and flowering now, but this one has stayed small and the leaves are dying or thats what it looks like I will do as you say and dig it up i will plant it somewhere else .

  • Posted: Mon. 2nd August 2010 21:02

Re: unhappy hosta

Message from Gardens by Mike Palmer

In forum: General

Are the other Hostas in the same area? It would be worthwhile digging up the plant carefully to check the root area. You may have something attacking the roots. Also worth checking the soil around the planting hole. Make sure there is no concrete, or brick work underneath which may be preventing proper growth.

  • Posted: Mon. 2nd August 2010 09:07

unhappy hosta

Question from Annie

In forum: General

Hi my hosta has leaves that are turning a browny yellow, my other 2 are doing fine though but this has stayed small and just doesnt look healthy any body have any ideas what I can do with it to make it better.

  • Posted: Sun. 1st August 2010 12:23

Re: Re: Hostas+ Slugs= Aaaagh!!

Message from Val Barclay

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

THANKS so much Greenwich - had never heard of product EcoCharlie, but found it on Selections, have immediately bought 2 bags (at cheaper rate) AND a new wooden composter which is far cheaper than all other sites. I really hope that the ceramic samples are successful but I'm really grateful for a new idea and a new gardening site - thanks again!
P.S. At midnight last night, I collected 48 snails in a 3m square patch!

  • Posted: Thu. 24th June 2010 12:26

Re: Hostas+ Slugs= Aaaagh!!

Message from Greenwich

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

That short-term, continually-in-need-of-renewal aspect is a fundamental problem with the slug-pellet approach. One heavy shower of rain and the whole lot is more-or-less gone just at the point that the molluscs are planning their biggest raids on the foliage.

Plus there's obviously the whole question mark over safety for wildlife. Birds like thrushes are inevitably going to be attracted to and feed upon exposed, dying snails, and that can't possibly be sustainable in their food-chain and reproductive cycle.

We use Nemaslug here, but I do like the visible barrier approach too. Crushed egg-shells rely on their spikiness to deter the slugs, but the best barrier material I've found is by EcoCharlie & it's made from recycled crushed ceramic shards. As well as having that spiky deterrent effect the ceramic bits absorb the mucous trails and physically stop the slugs and snails from being able to move across it. One good application generally lasts for the whole growing season at least, so in the long run it's much cheaper than most alternatives.

You can also set "traps" outside the barrier to collect the slugs. Any flat, moisture-trapping material (wood, stones, even old carpet) will create ideal daytime hiding places that will allow you to collect the slugs. The good old beer-trap collection approach works even better.

  • Posted: Wed. 23rd June 2010 17:44

Re: Re: Hostas+ Slugs= Aaaagh!!

Message from Val Barclay

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Thanks for your ideas - unfortunately my few resident frogs and thrushes can't cope with the snail numbers! Also the numerous hedgehogs that regularly visit my garden ( I rescue and feed babies during the winter months- then they stay around the area ) will munch through some slugs, but the orange ones that we get are quite large. I'm now reverting to my "mad old biddy" strategy of scouring the garden, armed with torch, trowel and bucket of salted water at midnight every 2 days! Thanks again.

  • Posted: Sun. 20th June 2010 20:22

Re: Re: Hostas+ Slugs= Aaaagh!!

Message from Val Barclay

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Thanks Kathy - I've just potted up 2 more Hostas from the ground before I lose them completely! Also ordered some copper tape online, so I'm hoping I can save them during the summer. Thanks again.

  • Posted: Sun. 20th June 2010 20:10

Re: Hostas+ Slugs= Aaaagh!!

Message from Ena Ronayne

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

OMG Val these wretched creatures are really trying your patience! You poor thing. You seem to have tried almost everything so I am afraid to say unless you become extremely vigilant and that means going around methodically to every single plant to check for slugs, snails you will need to rethink your planting scheme.

I too have tried all of the above and find the best medicine is that of nature - can you encourage birds and frogs into the garden at all? These natural predators will solve your problem but it will take time.

You will have to work with natural predators to build an ecosystem where no slug would dare live! You must remember slugs, snails like cool moist places so maybe a new planting plan is the order of the day with hostas and dahlia confined to pots?

Post some images of your garden and I will gladly give you some suggestions if you like.

  • Posted: Thu. 17th June 2010 18:54