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Post by kt_dragonfly on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 8:06

So I want to get some plants for my new garden, but I need plants that basically will take care of themselves and not require much if any human contact because I really do have the touch of death when it comes to plants.

So can anyone recommend something virtually un-killable that can go into some large garden pots (Like heck am I the kinda person who can cope with a "flower bed"!)

Also I'd like something mini-tree like that will blossom in the spring, something that will sit in the corner at the end of garden quite nicely. Something which will grow around the same height as the fence or a bit higher but we're not talking sky scraping tree. Can ya get mini trees?

In the end I'd quite like a fairy garden effect with twinkling solar lights.

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Post by kimb on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 8:15

you need a shrub then i would think not a tree , unless its a dwarf willow type thing .
how far away from the house foundations is the fence you want it to be on , it makes a huge difference as tree roots can damage foundations so have to be kept at a fair distance away from them .

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Post by Guest on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 8:23

love the fairy garden idea. you need baby's breath..not sure what proper name is..and some honesty...its good for fairy garden...

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 8:30

Kim, it would go in the far right corner of the garden. I dont know if that gives you a good idea of how far away from the house I'm talking about.



Goaty - will look out for babys breath, what does it actually look like and can it go in pots? Mr Green

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Post by Guest on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 8:35

you usually find it in bouquets..its white tiny flowers..and i have seen it in pots in garden centre..

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Post by gingerjo on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 8:45

Its other name is Gypsophilia, and its very killable in my experience!

Lavender is good.

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Post by Maria on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 10:19

gypsophelia is not long lived and gets very messy, but yes it can go in a pot.

Lavender is a better choice but that really needs replacing every few years too.

Plants in pots need ALOT more care than plants in the ground KT cos in teh ground they develop their own root system and after getting established they can look after themselves. if you want an evergreen, why not look at Fatsia Japonica, its large green leaved and you can grow it in a large pot but much better in the ground.

A kerria would give you nice spring and autumn colour, as would other flowering shrubs and also look at photinia red robin . that would be nice with the kerria.

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 10:49

Maybe Maria you should just give me a list of what will survive best in a pot which doesn't want too much love and attention, maybe a much shorter list Laughing

I think maybe one bush type thing at that corner then a couple of pots (and I mean like 2/3 MAX) and that will do me.

I dont want to over power the garden with plants, especially with the dogs cos they'll want somewhere to run round.

LMAO Goaty, I put in Kims suggestions of a dwarf willow in yahoo image search and this is what came back with;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7305029@N04/522108985/

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Post by Lorraine on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 12:10

I've got all the plants Maria mentioned and would agree. I've not got the Kerria though, 'cause I'm not a lover.

I was going to suggest the Fatsia, Kate and the Photinia is a very good idea.

The laurels are also a good choice. Evergreen, grow at a steady pace, don't spread too much and not too much care needed. I would pop one in the ground though.

The Aucuba (spotted laurel) is also a lovely plant and easily cared for.

Do check the light in your garden though, hun. You need to know where and when the sun/shade is so you know best what to plant where.

Phormiums do very well in pots and so do the Japanese Acer trees.

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Post by Di Masters on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 12:56

I like Viburnums as they are evergreen and flower too.
Check what your soil is before you buy KT if you are going to put anything in the ground. Acid loving plants need the correct soil.
Look at this site, it gives you pics and idea of sizes.

http://www.naturesplants.co.uk/acatalog/Evergreen_Shrubs.html

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Post by Guest on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 15:00

I know it's a tree but how about a rowan in one of the corners. We have one and I started lopping the top off when it reached 6 - 7' high. We are getting sm white flowers in spring and lovely red berries in the autumn now.

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Post by lyndaejane on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 15:40

I agree with Maria, Kate - plants in pots definitely don't look after themselves, so you will be better with them planted in a bed: maybe a side border? If you plant in a bed, you will need to water them regularly until they are established: if you plant in a pot, you will need to water them regularly forever - and that means every day in the warm days of spring, summer and autumn (unless we get weather like last year!). If you have loads of pots, it's a lot of effort, especially if you are having to do it when you get home from work, and will take quite a bit of water if you have a number of pots. That means higher water bills (you must have a meter if you are in a new house) or rigging up a water butt - which I'd recommend anyway.

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Post by gingerjo on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 15:49

I was just going to say that you have to water pots a lot more often than in the ground. I have a laurel it looks after itself, and I have had my lavender bushes for over 6 years, since I moved here. Some in pots some in the ground.

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Post by kimb on Fri 10 Apr 2009 - 16:26

LAURELS ARE LOVELY , I USED TO HAVE 2 IN THE FRONT UNTIL WE CHANGED IT ALL AND oops sorry caps lock on got rid of them , the red berries are great food for the birds too in winter .

be wary of the phormiums , mine has gone crazy , its huge , its in the ground though and not a pot so its gone from around 12 inch circumference at the base to about 3 foot , and it gets huge black stalks with reddish black flowery things each summer that grow so tall they almost hit the telephone wires overhead , everyone on the street watches them as they go by in the cars when its windy , i think they all expect them to be knocked down by my phormium.

love that dwarf goat lol! but dont plant that one in a pot .

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Re: Garden Plant Advice

Post by kt_dragonfly on Sat 11 Apr 2009 - 10:08

With every house your given a rain saver, which is a huge water butt, i think it's part of making all these new house enviromentally friendly & cheaper living costs.

I'm thinking I may just start off with the one large plant/bush/tree in one of the far corners, some solar fairy lights & a couple of dragon ornaments Mr Green I saw this FANTASTIC one on ebay... only 145 and it was huge, talking about as big as a bench, I sooooooooooooo wants him Mr Green

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Post by Maria on Sat 11 Apr 2009 - 10:09

well the fatsia is a good place to start Kate. but I do implore you to plant it in the ground if you can. Just dig a hole.

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Post by Guest on Sat 11 Apr 2009 - 12:38

Yes, quick little post from Gardener's World of Leigh on Sea ... don't be tempted to put stuff in pots. (a) they don't do as well (b) they need constant attention (c) they don't look as if they "belong" to your garden. Go for the Fatsia - mine is splendid in 100% shade and has grown as tall as I want it to grow and is constantly a lovely bright green and waves dutifully to me in the breeze from the sea shore!

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Post by Maria on Sat 11 Apr 2009 - 13:58

KT - dont know if youve looked on incidental but Patty is also saying what about a choisya ternata sundance and she is right, that is another excellent plant for any garden, easy care and you could have a fastsia in one bottom corner and the choisya in another.

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Post by Di Masters on Sat 11 Apr 2009 - 15:09

I have one in my front garden and it's good for brightening up a corner, yellow/green and not too big.

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Post by Guest on Sat 11 Apr 2009 - 15:38

And you can chop it back as hard as you like in the spring and it is virtually unkillable! It thrives on being cut back.

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