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Plants for a north facing covered area

Question from John Duxbury

I have a north facing covered area between our front door and a garage door (see the attached photo). I tried putting two roses in large pots there, either side of a bench, but they weren't very happy and became too leggy because of the lack of light. I have moved one of the roses to a more favourable spot and plan to move the other (shown in the photo) soon. I have two large (Ø48cm x H37cm) pots, one is shown to the left of the bench, waiting to be planted up. Can you suggest some suitable plants please?!

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  • Posted: Mon. 3rd September 2018 15:31

Autumn-Winter window boxes

Question from Rosemary Hill

What can I plant now in my four small window boxes for autumn and winter interest -or should I plant them up now and reckon to do it again in the new year? The window cills face SW. All suggestions welcome. thank you

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  • Posted: Sat. 1st September 2018 11:39

Gallanthus / snowdrops for a very shady path

Comment from Silentboo

Are there any snowdrops that do better in more shadier areas than others?

I have a couple of smallish pots with painted ferns in them and would like to grow something in them whilst the ferns are dormant.

The pots are situated along a path between houses, it gets a slither of sun in the morning, and a tinier slither in the evenings.

I had thought snowdrops were the answer but am starting to doubt that conclusion.

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  • Posted: Wed. 31st January 2018 15:06
  • Last reply: Fri. 2nd February 2018 16:07

Container Magnolia

Question from Marion Faust

We moved to a new house in December 2016 and the previous owners had many container plants, some of which they left. One is a beautiful dark purple Magnolia in a pot almost 2ft high by 2ft wide at the top which gave a lovely display. However, also in the pot was an ivy which seemed to be well established, irises and arum lilies. We have tried to dig out the ivy as much as possible but it had really taken hold and is now growing again. We would like to empty the pot to remove the ivy and then refill with fresh soil and return the Magnolia but don’t want to harm the Magnolia. When would be the best time to do this and is the Magnolia likely to survive. Any help would be appreciated.

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  • Posted: Mon. 9th October 2017 08:43
  • Last reply: Fri. 13th October 2017 16:33

Lopsided Camellia

Question from Jeremy Lea

Hi all,
I have a lovely Camellia that has just finished flowering, however for reasons best known to itself it has all gone lopsided.

Can anyone please help me correct it? (pruning perhaps? )

Thanks in anticipation

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  • Posted: Wed. 24th May 2017 07:44
  • Last reply: Sat. 22nd July 2017 09:02

Total novice

Question from Joan Rogan

Hi all, can any of you wonderful people give a complete novice like myself recommendations on what are the best plants to grow in pots on my patio that are colourful and will grow in both partial sun and shade. I am a COMPLETE NOVICE, but would just love to see a little bit of colour on my patio this year. I don't mean to grow from seed......I don't mind buying plants.
Thanks in advance. J.

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  • Posted: Mon. 1st May 2017 19:02
  • Last reply: Wed. 31st January 2018 15:20

Best use if limited space

Question from Eveline Williams

I have small balcony. How can I make best use of space?

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  • Posted: Mon. 2nd January 2017 05:28
  • Last reply: Wed. 28th June 2017 06:24

failure to flower

Question from Gwen Bragg

My agapanthus which are in pots haven't flowered this year also it looks like my dahlias and Nerines aren't going to flower. Gwen Bragg

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  • Posted: Fri. 28th October 2016 15:13

Plant recommendation

Question from Madeleine Jackson

What annual flowering plants could you recommend for a balcony in southern France which gets lots of sunshine and maybe not always enough watering

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  • Posted: Sat. 3rd September 2016 22:08
  • Last reply: Sat. 17th September 2016 12:32

Epsom salts and geraniums

Question from Geoff Bird

I hear Geraniums like feeding with magnesium sulphate. But would like advice on dilution rates please, and frequency of feeding.

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  • Posted: Mon. 22nd August 2016 09:36