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Re: Hardy but attractive wind-resistant plants?

Message from Linda Regel

In forum: General

Dear Raileisure,
I think you would have to look at something other than the traditional bedding plants, which are more suited to kinder conditions.
Grasses would be a good starting place. Stipa tenuissima is lime green, soft and feathery and made to blow in the wind. (Photo attached) Festuca glauca is small and blue grey; look for ones that like a dry site - some of them prefer moist dappled shade.
Herbs might do well - thyme is low growing, out of the wind, rosemary to add height, sage is pretty tough.
Sempervivums or houseleeks are cactus like, and low maintenance, and structurally interesting - I like patting the flat mats of rosettes. They are also supposed to protect your house from lightning so could be useful!
Good luck

  • Posted: Mon. 21st February 2011 09:31

Re: Suggestions for terrazzo containers (contemporary style)

Message from Valerie Munro

In forum: New to gardening

Thank you for attaching the photograph of your work in progress - this is extremely helpful

The limiting factor in the information that you have given about the planters along the back fence line is the width of the bed, I am assuming that you wish to have some height to cover the fence?

My first thoughts were to plant a line of Phyllostachys nigra (black stemmed bamboo), or P. aureosucculatra (yellow groove bamboo) which would grow quite quickly, and you could prune off any intrusive side shoots to expose those lovely shiney bamboo stems.

And then I thought of an evergreen climber - Trachelospermum jasminoides - but you will need to give it something to hang on to. It can be a little slow to get going, but once established it will give you attractive leaf cover all year round, with the added bonus of sweetly scented white flowers in the summer.

Going this route, you may find some spare spaces at the foot of the plant that you could populate with some small ornamental grasses such as Carex 'Evergold' or Festuca glauca, in a repeating pattern right across the garden.

I hope that this helps
Auntie Planty

  • Posted: Tue. 7th September 2010 17:18

Overwintering Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'

Message from Kathy C

In forum: General

HI, Julie,
'Elijah Blue' is fully hardy so will be fine in frost. What it doesn't like is excessively wet winter conditions. It tends to rot in the middle even if it isn't too wet so you if you haven't done so in the last 2-3 years, you'll probably want to lift and divide it in spring (and during this process, removing the centre if it showing signs of rot).
All the best,

  • Posted: Wed. 2nd December 2009 20:33

low level ground cover

Message from David Sewell

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Angie,
Testing conditions and you want evergreen evergreen as well…!
Try a few from this list:
Helianthemum nummularium
Alyssum saxatile
Erysimum linifolium
Gypsophila repens (Rosea is lovely)
Iberis saxatile
Ajuga reptans (Bergandy Glow for a bit of purple)
Pachysandra terminalis
Achillea Moonshine
Convolvlus cneorum (I always forget how to spell this one!)
Festuca glauca (A grass)
Stachys lanata
Saxifrage x urbium 'London Pride'
All best,
David Sewell NCH, NDH

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 18:29

What to do with Festuca glauca

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Ornamental plants

Hi! It is quite normal for Festuca glauca's (and most dense, clump-forming grasses) centre to die, especially after wet winters (which they hate!). To avoid this, divide the clumps every two or three years in early spring. Best way to divide is to dig up the entire plant, remove the dead centre, and divide the remaining plant into as many sections as you want, leaving plenty of roots on each section. Plant your sections as soon as possible - you don't want the roots to dry out. As far as the ones that grew slowly last year, I am wondering if the soil is too wet for them - F.glauca likes well-drained soil. Hope this has been helpful and let me know how the little plants get on after you have divided.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 16th February 2009 21:14

Festuca Glauca

Question from Jennifer Rossi

In forum: Ornamental plants

I have Festuca glauca plants in my garden. One has a dead centre. The others took a long time to grow last summer and have lots of dead foilage. I have not done anything to care for them. What should I do this spring?

  • Posted: Mon. 16th February 2009 15:18