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Re: Re: Herbaceous perennial anyone?

Message from Annette Patterson

In forum: Identify a plant

I’m thinking maybe Nepeta sibirica?

  • Posted: Sun. 7th July 2019 00:29

Re: Any suggestions for how best to curtail the growth of a number of clumps of my Nepeta Hills Giant? They are in their second year and are tending to overpower neighbouring plants. I`m a novice gardener by the way.,

Message from Susan O'Neill

In forum: Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

I would pot up clumps and give them to friends or redistribute in your garden

  • Posted: Mon. 10th June 2019 16:10

Dividing Nepeta Six Hills Giant

Question from Elspeth Darriba

In forum: Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

How is it best to divide a clump of Nepeta Six Hills Giant? (I'm a nervous novice gardener!)

  • Posted: Tue. 20th February 2018 19:59

Any suggestions for how best to curtail the growth of a number of clumps of my Nepeta Hills Giant? They are in their second year and are tending to overpower neighbouring plants. I`m a novice gardener by the way.,

Comment from Jim Fitzgerald

In forum: Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

Any suggestions for how best to curtail the growth of a number of clumps of my Nepeta Hills Giant? They are in their second year and are tending to overpower neighbouring plants. I`m a novice gardener by the way.,

  • Posted: Mon. 15th September 2014 17:14

Re: Nepeta no doing well

Message from Patricia Jones

In forum: Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

It does need to be well drained, did you add plenty of grit to the soil at planting time? I would be inclined to try rescuing it by carefully lifting and incorporating plenty if grit into the planting hole, with all the wet weather we have had, it doesn't like to sit in water.
It come from Italy and grows best in full sun.
You might like to add a photo , it may have been rolled on by cats!

  • Posted: Thu. 28th June 2012 14:33

Nepeta no doing well

Question from John Frater

In forum: Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

I should post a photo but for now I'm wondering if anyone has had a problem with Nepeta Six Hill's - plants went in only a few weeks ago and were healthy - now leaves are going red - no new growth since they went in - altogether poorly looking - not the bushy plants we expect them to become - of which there are plenty specimens in the same garden only a few feet away. Any ideas welcome - thanks.

  • Posted: Thu. 28th June 2012 08:32

Re: Please identify

Message from Patrick Stack

In forum: Identify a plant

Pictures are too small to be sure but it looks like a member of the Labiatae family - possibly Catnep (Nepeta spp.)? Does it smell when you bruise the leaves?
Looks a little like Melissa officinalis also - does it smell lemony when you bruise the leaves?

  • Posted: Fri. 11th May 2012 08:48

My Cat Mint seems to have died this winter.....

Question from Ineke Swallow

In forum: Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'

My Nepeta Walker's Low will be two years old this spring. It has survived the first harsh winter, but this year it seems to have died. I have cut it back hoping it will revive... Any suggestions?

  • Posted: Sun. 26th February 2012 16:56

Re: My last plant id request!!

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi, Becky
The first one looks like Nepeta - probably Nepeta x faassenii, maybe even Nepeta x faassenii 'Kit Kat' . The second plant looks like Persicaria amplexicaulis - the straight species can have red, pink or white flowers and there is a cultivar Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Alba' that has pure white flowers.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 28th September 2010 21:19

Perennials for flowere beds

Message from douglas

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Beware Alstromeiria as it can often spread everywhere and quickly - once spread , very difficult to remove. You can really take your pick from Heleniums, Asters (especially Frikarti Monch), Nepeta (Six Hills Giant - another spreader but easily controlled),

Phlox/Penstemmons and a number of perennial grasses including New Zealand sedge/Miscanthus chinensis and others.
A current favourite is Astrantia Major /Ruby wedding/Shaggy - there are others but these will offer long flowering periods.

  • Posted: Wed. 10th March 2010 21:42

Lovely Hellebores

Message from Anna Taylor

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Kay,
Jose is right, Hellebores do benefit from some shade it might be just too hot here for them. They can cope with dry shade, if they are not flowering, perhaps you would be better off lifting and replanting them in a shadier part of the garden. Hellebores will always look a little grotty at the end of the summer when they are dying back, and they grow strong lush leaves later on. I would plant summer flowering sun loving plants to follow on fron the spring bulbs to distract from the conifer trunks. Nepeta, persicaria, echinacea and salvias all grow up fast in the summer and flower for months giving you good height and interest. All can be cut down in the autumn / winter to allow the bulbs to shine through in the spring.
Hope this helps

Anna Taylor

  • Posted: Thu. 25th February 2010 20:08

Nepeta x faassenii

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Nepeta x faassenii

The small, tubular, purple flowers of this variety of cat-mint or 'catnip' are held in loose terminal spikes. Cover young plants to protect them from cats, which may want to lie on the plant, but sit back and watch the vast number of bees which will home in on the flowers.

  • Posted: Sat. 16th May 2009 17:39

Nepeta cataria

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Nepeta cataria

As the name implies, this plant is especially attractive to cats who can get quite excited by it. Bees are also very appreciative, though no doubt for different reasons, as cats are not noted for their interest in nectar. The leaves can be eaten fresh in a salad or dried to make tea or for use as a herb.

  • Posted: Sat. 16th May 2009 17:35

Plants to follow bulbs

Message from David Sewell

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Fi,
I'm afraid I don't know the variety of Tulip - a much closer photograph would be useful for that.
There are a quite a few plants that will tolerate dry exposed areas with your soil. I'm assuming from the title that your spring flowers are in fact bulbs which means you need to look at perennials to follow on rather than shrubs.
You could consider:
Crocosmia in variety
Solidago (a small variety like Golden Thumb might be good)
Ajuga reptans
Snow in Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)
Dryopteris felix-mas (believe it or not!)
Gypsophila in variety
Iberis saxatilis
Centaurea Montana
Smaller Euphorbias
Nepetas (Catmints)
I know they are old faves but for a good reason - they tolerate conditions that other plants wont!
All best,
David Sewell NCH, NDH

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 18:26

Aralia variegata

Comment from Mark Pumphrey

In forum: Aralia elata 'Variegata'

A plant seldom used mainly due to availability and cost but worth tracking down. The foliage when it breaks adds a great sense of drama to any bed. My own aralia has survived the cold Midlands weather this year but has lost some of its branches. As a grafted plant keep an eye out for suckers removing them before they establish themselves. I have underplanted my aralia with Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' which looks great under the creamy white leaves of the aralia. My only regret is that in winter the stems of the aralia offer little in the way of interest and with the Nepeta growth removed there is a gap. I am planning to undertake some amendments to the bed and have considered adding a small hebe such as Hebe 'Caledonia' to conpliment both nepeta and the arailia.

  • Posted: Thu. 23rd April 2009 16:04

Alliaria petiolata

Comment from Georgie

In forum: Alliaria petiolata

I grow this pretty herb in semi shade to provide food for the caterpillars of Orange Tip and Green Veined White butterflies. It nestles happily with other herbs that can tolerate semi shade such as the Mentha family and Nepeta.


  • Posted: Sun. 19th April 2009 20:25

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

Colourful perennials

Message from Jason Lock

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Designing with plants particularly with perennials opens up a wide pallete of colour for all seasons. I assume that you mean you are looking for a mix or perennials which provide seasonal interest oppoesed to one plant which will give that interest?

Assuming the latter I can offer the following as a few suggestions but there are many more but not enough time!:









Jason Lock MSGD

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 11:33

Wildlife border

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Hi, Jo
What fun planning a new border!
I have a few suggestions that might work, but they are based on the assumption that the border is not too wet (even thought near the pond)?
A couple of low-growers to attract wildlife(I tried to keep all suggestions under 60 cm) could be:
- Hyssopus officinalis - up to 60cm wth narrow, aromatic, dark green leaves and spikes of purple-blue flowers from midsummer to early autumn. Thrives on chalky soils nad is drought tolerant
- Most Thyme
- Alllium schoenoprasum - Chives - A favourite spring bloomer of mine and great in the kitchen, too. No bigger than 60cm, though usually shorter.
- Allium cristophii
- Allium sphaerocephalon - I admit, this gets taller than 60cm, but it is a 'see-through' plant - the foliage is low to the ground and the flowers are on long, thin stalks that rise above the foliage of lower-growing plants - I love these!
- If cats aren't a problem, what about Nepeta?
- Sedum 'Herbstfreude' or any other similar cultivar is great for attracting wildlife in autumn.
- Any prostrate, cascading Rosemary will attract loads of bees in flower.
- Calamintha nepeta 'White Cloud' - Lesser Calamint is a favourite of bees, too.
- Dwarf Monardas - there are some cultivars of Bee Balm (Bergamot) that stay under 50cm - 'Pink Lace', 'Fireball', 'Pink Supreme' are just a few - a definite butterfly magnet. Just watch out for powdery mildew on them.

If the ground closest to the pond is at all moist, have you considered Caltha palustris (a favourite pond/marginal plant of mine).

I hope this short list is of some use. If I think of any others, I will be sure to add to the list. Hopefully some other members will be able to add to it, too.
Happy planning and planting and please let me know what you choose.
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Wed. 18th March 2009 21:19

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