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Rhododendron hedge from cuttings and sloped garden

Question from Rebecca Cameron

Hi I'm a pretty novice gardener and about to move into a house with a large over grown garden on a slope. It is dominated by 2 huge rhododendron bushes about half way up the slope. I was wondering if I could take loads of cuttings from the to use as a hedge and then remove what's left to create a lawned area for the children to play on. So.. is this a reasonable plan re: hedge? And how would I go about it and would it cause a big drainage issue.. the rest of the "grassy area is moist and covered in moss. Any help appreciated thanks

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  • Posted: Sun. 7th May 2017 01:13


Question from David

why do some gardeners prefer not to shred plants and shrubs before putting on t the compost pile?

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  • Posted: Sat. 10th September 2016 09:57
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Honeysuckle 'Lonicera Darts World' suitable for metal arch?

Question from Felicity Hasse

I have just installed a sturdy metal arch over a pathway and would like to plant an evergreen climber (or two). I am particularly drawn to Lonicera Japonica Darts World for its colour, promised fragrance and quite long flowering period. But I'm wondering if it'll be too bushy and big as the label says spread 1.5 mtrs and bushy and spreading. Although quite tall and wide, the arch is only about 60cm deep. Would this honeysuckle be okay or would it be too woody and vigorous? I don't really want roses, but would maybe consider an evergreen clematis or jasmine as an alternative. I want to keep things simple, so not a mixture of plants that might need pruning at different times. And should I have a climber either side or just one to grow over? Sorry for all the questions, but I'm new to gardening and any advice would be very welcome. Thank you.

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  • Posted: Fri. 2nd September 2016 20:02

How to make a Camellia bushy

Question from Jeremy Lea

Hello, I hope you'll bear with me being relatively new to gardening. I have a Camellia, not sure of its varierty, but I'd like to make it more of a bush and am unsure what to do. Any help would be gratefully recieved, thank you. Jeremy

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  • Posted: Tue. 14th June 2016 05:17

Probably a stupid question...

Question from Louisa

Hi! I recently discovered the delights of gardening but I'm a complete novice, I'm trying to tame and tidy my first garden, part of this is understanding what I have in the garden, what I want, don't want and how to look after the things that are remaining!
One question... and it might be a stupid one...
I have this lovely plant, I think its a type of Cotoneaster (correct me if I'm wrong), it blooms pink in the summer and then gives me gorgeous red berries through most of the winter... but it's grown right across my little garden wall and looks a bit unsightly. I don't want to cut it all off and lose the lovely growth, I was going to do this, but wait until it's finished flowering as it's so colourful. Is it possible to cut off the branch leaning over the wall and root it somewhere else?? It's impossible to lift as well, the branch is too hard.

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  • Posted: Wed. 8th June 2016 11:09

Would Clematis Harry Smith be a good companion plant for a Photinia x fraseri Red Robin?

Question from Evelyne Muchajer

I have just been given a C. Harry Smith as a present. It is small but looks healthy. I have already 4 clematis in the garden and they are all doing quite well. Having read a little about this clematis, the only support I seem to have for it is a Photinia shrub which I planted 2 years ago and is now about 2m high. Behind the fence my neighbour has a tall and bushy Portuguese laurel and a very old cherry tree. Would it a good place to plant this clematis? Many thanks.

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  • Posted: Fri. 3rd June 2016 09:38

Is it too late in the season to plant sedum Purple Emperor and Herbstfreude in borders?

Question from Evelyne Muchajer

Last August I bought 2 small sedums at a flower market. I planted P.E. In a border but kept H.in its pot. A few weeks after planting P.E I had to lift it out and plant it a pot as it looked very poorly. It recovered beautifully and H. is doing well too. Both are growing and their leaves look very healthy although I am not sure if they will bloom. Should I keep them in their pots or if it isn't too late, could I take a risk and put them in a border (my preference). The soil is heavy clay. Thank you in advance for your interest and help in this matter.

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  • Posted: Fri. 3rd June 2016 07:48

Confused by plant pruning labels- have garden centres already pruned before i bought the plants?

Comment from Victoria E

Hi all
Complete novice here getting confused over the labels attached to my new clematis plants.

One states: year 1- cut back all stems to 30cm in early Spring.

My questions are- does 'year 1' mean a year after I have bought the plant? If not, how do I know how old it is already?
I bought the clematis in early May this year - would the garden centre staff have cut the plant back already, or do I need to do it now?

The clematis was roughly 1metre tall and is an armandii if that is of use, however some of my other plants have similar instructions and the same questions apply...

Completely confused.

Thanks for reading.


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  • Posted: Tue. 31st May 2016 20:06
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Sweet peas - growing advice

Question from Melanie

I've built a frame for some sweet peas with plastic netting for them to grow up. I've got 2-4 plants at the base of each support - is this too many? I've recently read that overcrowding might be a problem.
If so, should I remove some of them?
Any help greatly appreciated!

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  • Posted: Fri. 13th May 2016 06:48

What herbs should I plant and when?

Question from Hayley Dawson

Hello there, i am new to this gardening forum and new to gardening in general. One of my resolutions this year was to become more green fingered! I would like to create a garden i can really get some use out of i.e. grow fruit/veg etc. I thought i would start fairly simple with herbs. What Herbs should i plant and when? Thanks very much in advance for your feedback! :-)

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  • Posted: Fri. 8th January 2016 13:03
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