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Veneda Harris, My Garden (RH1)

Styles: Organic, Water, Wildlife, English cottage, Suburban

Soil types: Sandy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

My cottage garden is crammed with plants which means less weeding. I am a great believer in succession planting to give colour and interest throughout the seasons. Thus the honesty,spring bulbs & primulas are replaced by ferns, and herbaceious perennials . I also grow quite a few pot plants, semi standard fuschias, abutilon and this year delphiniums, which I can move around at will to give a different accent on a bed. Statement plants both perrennial and annual give an exotic feel. Mainstays are Melianthus, Abutilon, Cardoon, Castor Bean and Ornamental Millet. I don't use chemicals but try to encourage insects , birds and hedgehogs. Mulching is a necessity on my sandy soil, I have 2 large compost heaps. Shreadng is great fun and very satisfying. My garden is my daily dose of 'vitamins' keeping me healthy and happy.

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Veneda Harris

Veneda Harris

About me
I am a retired teacher but gardening, plants and wildlife have been a passion for me since I was a small child. gardening is my oasis in life both for the joy of the plants and also for the wildlife it attracts. I also enjoy sharing my garden and love passing on plants to others knowing they will brighten their lives for years .

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Starting my cottage garden from a blank canvas 28 years ago . Creating an exotic bed this year complete with bananas

Biggest gardening frustrations
Slugs and snails which ALWAYS go for my favourite plants

The gardening project I am currently working on
Renewing the garden fence and over wintering exotics

Veneda Harris's forum posts

Security Hedge/Screen
Thu. 27th March 2008 23:34

Mock orange
Sat. 29th September 2007 09:40

leaf problem
Tue. 18th September 2007 12:25

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