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Question from Mike Bingham

In forum: Lilium 'Fata Morgana'

Wouldlike to know about caring (in particular pruning etc.) in relation to the following please:-
Pittosporum - Abbotsbury Gold & Tom Thumb.
Sarcococca, Sambucus (Sutherland Gold & Black Beauty), Photina (Little Red Robin), Physocarpus (Lady in Red) and Cordyline

  • Posted: Thu. 14th October 2010 18:13

Re: Suggestions for new planting

Message from Katy Elton

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Hi Catherine,

As the site is sunny yet windy why not think about prairie style planting? A combination of grasses and flowers would be interesting to look at, you could incorporate some evergreen shrubs for winter structure, and try and include flowers that leave attractive seedheads for additional winter interest.

Possibilities include:

Grasses – Miscanthus , Stipa and Molinia .

Flowering plants –
Rudbeckia , Eryngium , Achillea , and Monarda .

Winter structure –
Carex flagellifera is an evergreen grass, Pittosporum is an evergreen shrub that can compliment prairie planting quite well, and Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii ‘Profusion’ is deciduous but really comes into interest in winter when it displays bright purple berries.

Hope this gives you something to think about. If you do go for any of these plants remember to add to your ‘plants I have’ list to receive regular care instructions.


  • Posted: Sun. 3rd October 2010 11:58

Pittosporum tenuifolium

General post from Lelsey McAllister

In forum: Pittosporum tenuifolium

Thank you for the advice - I did as suggested and cut back and also improved air circulation and the plant is now recovering and growing well thanks for your help

  • Posted: Mon. 17th May 2010 10:34

Hi Lesley

Message from simon sira

In forum: Pittosporum tenuifolium

I was wondering whether you managed to get your Pittosporum sorted out. I have exactly the same problem and would really appreciate if you could advise on the matter,

  • Posted: Fri. 14th May 2010 12:24

Shrubs/trees for a terrace

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Container gardening

Hi, Kevin,
I certainly agree - decent sized Acer palamatum can be expensive. Another concern about putting one on your terrace is scorch - emerging leaves in can be easily damaged by wind, sun, or frost. It won't hurt the plant much at all, but will look unsightly. Only way to avoid that is to move to the most sheltered spot you can find for winter/spring. Using Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' could be done but it will get quite large - too large for a container unless you are ready to do a lot of restrictive crown & root pruning. Other suggestions for purple leaves, flowers, etc are:
- Cotinus coggyria 'Royal Purple' - one of my favourites - gorgeous purple colour, great, fun flowers
- Prunus x cistena - Purple-leaved sand cherry is compact and gives all that a large cherry gives.
- Loropetalum chinense f. rubrum - purple foliage and pink, witch-hazel-like flowers - it is tender in frost so it would need protection but it is evergreen!
- Enkianthus cernuus var. rubens - leaves turn purple-red in autumn
- Hebe - quite a few to choose from with purple leaves or purple-variegated leaves; 'Neils' Choice', 'Lady Ann' 'Amy' & 'Black Beauty' to name a few
- Rhododendron 'Everred'
- Leucothose 'Scarletta' - evergreen
- Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb' - dwarf so perfect for a container, evergreen, but not much in the way of flowering and is a bit tender.
- Weigela florida 'Foliis Purpureis'
So, there are just a few ideas. I think all of these suggestions are on this site. I vote for the Cotinus or Prunus x cistena! :)
Please let me know what you choose!
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Thu. 29th April 2010 20:47

Powdery mildew?

Message from Katy Elton

In forum: Pittosporum tenuifolium

Hi Lesley,

This looks as though it could be powdery mildew, which is a fungus that favours crowded planting conditions with low light levels and air circulation.

To tackle this you should firstly prune out the affected parts of the plant, being aware that the spores of the fungus are easily knocked off and taking care to minimise any contact with healthy parts of the plant. Ideally you should put the infected branches straight into a metal container where you can then burn them.

Once you've done this I would carry out some significant thinning of surrounding plants to improve air circulation to your pittosporum. With any luck this will solve the problem! One thing to note is that you shouldn't feed the plant until the problem is gone, as powdery mildew favours young, succulent growth.

If the problem persists there are a number of fungicides available that you could try, simply ask at your local garden centre.

Hope this helps!
Let us know how you get on.


  • Posted: Wed. 7th April 2010 10:28

Pittosporum tenuifolium

Question from Lelsey McAllister

In forum: Pittosporum tenuifolium

This plant was well established and planted in Nov 2009. It has just developed white spots on the wood and appears to be dying from the top down

  • Posted: Tue. 6th April 2010 15:02

Woodland area?

Message from Katy Elton

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Val,

The conditions you describe sound like a great opportunity to create a little area of woodland planting - plants that are found naturally in woodlands are more than happy in shaded, secluded areas.

Initial suggestions to achieve this could be:

• Digitalis (foxgloves)
• Bluebells
• Galanthus (snowdrops)
• Ferns
• Hellebores
• Tiarella (foam flower)
• Heuchera

With perhaps some shade loving evergreen shrubs to pad the area out a bit and add winter interest, such as:

• Euonymous
• Skimmia
• Viburnum
• Nandina domestica

You do right to prepare the soil by adding organic matter. When you are planting the plants, make sure they are watered in thoroughly, and then mulch with a thick layer of well rotted compost. You'll need to do this once a year after this, to ensure moisture and nutrient levels in the soil are sufficient for the plants.

I hope this helps. Woodland planting can be some of the most beautiful - do let us know how you get on!


  • Posted: Thu. 18th February 2010 19:12

Some ideas

Message from Kathy C

In forum: New to gardening

Hi, Kathydoll,
There are loads of shrub that will fit your specs so here are some of my ideas..
Since your space is somewhat narrow, but you want to have a screen no higher than 6ft, have you considered using bamboo? It is evergreen, and if you get a clump-forming type, it won't take over the rest of your garden. Fargesia murielae is hardy, and though will get a little higher than you want, it is a great bamboo for screening. The cultivar'Simba' will get 2m high - perfect for what you want, but 'Amy', 'Bimbo' and 'Joy', though a little shorter, would work, too
If bamboo is not what you are looking for, then maybe these:
Cotoneaster lacteus 4m x 3m - lovely large leaves and clusters of red berries - a bit tall but gorgeous
Hebe - loads of options to choose from, and flowers, too - some are half-hardy, though so they need a sheltered spot
Ilex - especially, in my opinion, Ilex x meserveae.'Blue Princess' is a lovely cultivar growing 3 x 1.2m. It does need a male plant to pollinate the flowers but that is okay if you want a grouping of plants.
Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'- a good old standby with glossy, dark green leaves.
Many dwarf/small Pittosporum to choose from
Viburnus tinus - maybe a bit overused but a great evergreen, late winter flowering shrub 2 x 2.5m
I am going to run out of room soon, so I will add another reply with a few more ideas.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Thu. 30th July 2009 20:44

Scented plants

Message from Georgie

In forum: General

Hi Hugh

I'm a huge fan of scented plants and here's a list of my current favourites.

Hesperis (Sweet Rocket)
Oriental Lilies
Sweet Peas
Scented Pelargoniums
Lonicera (Honeysuckle)
Evening Primrose
Pittosporum tobira

Hope that gives you a few ideas. Do let us know what you decide to grow.


  • Posted: Sat. 6th June 2009 17:52

Acer 'Bloodgood'

General post from Mark Pumphrey

In forum: Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

This purple foliaged maple will reach 3 m high with a comperable spread. The foliage is a darker colour compared to Acer palmatum 'Atropureum' whose foliage is a dirty red green. The foliage will burn in an exposed location so find a sheltered spot. With such a dark coloured foliage it will lend itself to being planted next to golden bamboos Phyllostachys aurea and variegated foliage plants such as Pittosporum Garnettii and Rhamnus 'Argenteovariegata'.

  • Posted: Thu. 23rd April 2009 07:42

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb' is a particular favorite plant

Comment from Matt Nichol

In forum: Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'

This plant is a particular favorite plant of mine. This plant looks fantastic planted with Helleborus x orientalis of one type or another, a semi double pink looks great! Reasonably compact growth, with really interesting foliage when new green growth comes through the black older leaves. Plant as a specimen or as a low hedge maybe.

  • Posted: Sun. 19th April 2009 09:20

Other trailing..

Message from Matt Nichol

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Prostrate Rosemary is fantastic for trailing, a little frost tender, but raised up and by the house a good option. Large leaf of an Persian Ivy could be good, but might be too vigorous. Annual Lobelia or other hanging basket style plants like Artemisa could inject summer colour ( I am not great on bedding I am afraid to admit!) Pittosporum 'Tom thumb' Looks great with Melanthus and black stemmed bamboo.

Get dividing and propogating those plants, great time to be doing it!

Matt Nichol MSGD

  • Posted: Wed. 8th April 2009 20:08

Thanks Jason

Message from j letts

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Thank you so much for your list. Some of the plants I recognised when I saw their common names. We have just started to grow Pittosporum at work and a few of the others, so giving them a try will not be too costly. I have to work to a fairly tight budget as my garden is big and very spread out, this bed alone is 16ft deep by 32ft wide, with the picture showing just a nasty corner. I look upon it as a challange. Will post a new photo in summer so you can see the changes. Thank you & thanks to Nicola for reminding me of my manners.

  • Posted: Fri. 27th March 2009 21:26

Screening and shrubs for a small garden

Message from Mark Pumphrey

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Screening plants that do not cast a heavy shade can be hard to identify but a plant I would suggest could be using a bamboo such as Phyllostachys nigra (black stemmed bamboo). They would provide the height breaking up some of the view beyond with the foliage being light enough to allow light through. They look fantastic up lit and would be very easy to maintain-ideal for first time gardeners and would have a modern look. Shrubs I would suggest for the raised bed could include Pittosporum Tom Thumb which has a very interest leaf changing from green to purple. Lavenders are also a good plant to use in a small garden providing scent as well as colour to the garden. Try to consider the style your daughter and son in law have within the house and design the garden in a corresponding manner reflecting their own taste. In a small garden it is important to use plants that provide many features such as being evergreen but offering flowers and interesting new growth colour-pieris would be ideal and by selecting a dwarf form such as 'Little Heath' it will not become too big. Limit the number of different plants distilling the selection can be difficult but it will provide a sharper look and will be easier to maintain providing the plants are grown in bold groups. Have a look at some of our images on our website and you will see how we have tried to achieve this.

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 11:31

Shady Corner

Message from Jason Lock

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

The plant design that I would suggest for your 'dreary corner' would be the following list not all reds and yellows as you suggest but would grown in what you describe as dry shade. Before I get to the list also consider painting the walls a bright colour - may be a warm cream which will take you eye of the drabness of the block work and brick work.

Plants suitable for dry shade would be:

Berberis vars
Bergenia vars
Brunnera vars
Danae racemosa
Euonymous vars
Hardy Geraniums
Iris foetidissima (seeds poisonous)
Lonicera vars
Mahonia Vars
Osmanthus x burkwoodii
Pulmonaria vars
Ribes in variety

I hope this helps. Although you sent a picture it would be a best for you to perhaps seek the advice of s designer to make the best use of the space. It need not be expensive the best way to get to a qualified designer would be to contact the Society of Garden Designers on the link below www.sgd.org.uk

Jason Lock MSGD

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 10:56

Pittosporum info

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Pittosporum tenuifolium

Hi, Bob! Pittosporum tenuifolium blooms in late spring to early summer - so if it isn't flowering now, it soon will be. Straight species will have small, dark purple-maroon flowers, cultivars may be different. Does that help or do you need more info?

  • Posted: Sun. 18th May 2008 18:02

Very shady corner

Comment from pamela gray

In forum: Garden design

Has anyone got ideas for a very shady corner in my garden please?
I have a very large Pittosporum growing in the corner which provides some privacy but there is a space of about 6' x 6' that is a problem

  • Posted: Tue. 11th September 2007 09:29