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Laurel hedging?

Question from Ralphyboy

Hello everyone

I currently have 10 fence panels, each around 5ft in length and height, and ideally I'd like to replace them with some kind of hedging. It would need to grow around 6ft to maintain privacy. What would you lovely people suggest?

Many thanks


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  • Posted: Tue. 2nd February 2016 12:08

pollination across genus

Question from Bea

No one seems to know this - will genus vaccinium cross pollinate with others of the same genus, different species e.g. blueberry with bilberry?

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  • Posted: Thu. 26th November 2015 11:48

planting 80 oak trees

Question from Identify a plant

what can be expected from root growth, from the planting of 80 evergreen oak trees, about 14-16 feet tall. close to a 8 foot stone wall, & about 35 feet from a house

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  • Posted: Mon. 2nd November 2015 13:13
  • Last reply: Sun. 15th November 2015 10:19

What is this tree?

Question from Fran Welland

I have this in my new garden in London, growing beside and into an old apple tree. I've just noticed a few yellow flowers (in mid September, about 2cm across) and can't figure out what it is. My husband's desperate to chop it all back hard, but I'd like to know what it is, and how/when best to do it first. Any ideas anyone? My best thought so far is some kind of crab apple.

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  • Posted: Sun. 20th September 2015 14:41
  • Last reply: Tue. 29th September 2015 21:21

Pruning fushias

Question from Felicity Brown

If I cut my large deciduous fushia Maiden's Blush, back hard now will I kill it?

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  • Posted: Sun. 30th August 2015 17:01
  • Last reply: Tue. 29th September 2015 21:24

Why has my buddleia no colour?

Question from Adam Byrne

I have a Buddleia (see photos) that has gone on a mental growth spurt. This is its second year i have had it and last year it was about 0.7m high and i pruned it back quite hard. Its now shoot up and out but the flowers on it dont seem to have any colour. it didnt flower last year so i dont know if this is how it should be. All the other buddleia in the local area have colour - white purple red and two others in my garden have colour. is this just an unusual variant or is there something amiss.

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  • Posted: Thu. 6th August 2015 22:42

peach/nectarine shrub for container

Question from Patricia Young

I am looking for a peach or nectarine tree/shurb that I can grow against a very sunny south facing wall in a very large container. Can anyone recommend a variety and nursery?

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  • Posted: Sun. 2nd August 2015 19:05

help with a hebe

Question from AMANDA BUTT

I garden for a friend, and she has a beautiful 'Wiri Mist' Hebe. It is over 4' across and approx. 1 1/2' tall, however, today I have noticed it seems to be dying from the base up . Any ideasThank You.

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  • Posted: Wed. 29th July 2015 19:42
  • Last reply: Thu. 26th November 2015 11:51

Pruning young privet

Question from Deirdre

We planted oval leaf privet earlier this year and I want to make sure it turns into a nice, dense, bushy hedge which won't get too leggy.

Should I prune it now it's about two feet tall?

What would be the best method to prune it?thanks

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  • Posted: Tue. 14th July 2015 13:05

Is holly safe to grow next to a house?

Question from Silentboo

We have a big hollybush growing just 5cm from our house, how worried do I need to be about it damaging foundations?

Internet research suggests that this is not ideal, but there's a house nearby which has a well groomed hollybush as high as it is right up against it's wall also.

Any advice would be helpful, do we just need to keep it below a certain height, or would it be best to remove it? There's a well established climbing rose growing about 15cm from it and I'd hate to damage that with any tinkering.

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  • Posted: Sun. 12th July 2015 16:27
  • Last reply: Thu. 26th November 2015 11:56