Plan Ahead before Purchasing; Do Your Research and Find out a Little about the Plants You're Thinking of Buying. Your Garden Will Benefit and You Won't Be Wasting Money, Says Sean Murray

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Plan Ahead before Purchasing; Do Your Research and Find out a Little about the Plants You're Thinking of Buying. Your Garden Will Benefit and You Won't Be Wasting Money, Says Sean Murray


THERE are many paths to becoming a better gardener and one of them is to improve your knowledge of the best growing condition of your plants.

I often see folks at garden centres with trollies full of plants, all requiring very different growing conditions and think to myself "You either have a very large garden with diverse planting conditions or that gorgeous lot will be struggling within six months". I resist the temptation to interfere!

In Corfu last month the notion of right plant, right place was plain to see.

Sea Kale Eryngium Maritimum with its deep roots delving for moisture was growing between sand and rocks at the edge of the sea. A masterclass from nature on matching plant to environment.

Its close relative Eryngium Giganteum Miss Willmott's Ghost really is worth growing with its silver metallic leaves and thistle-like flowers.

I've grown it this year in combination with Monara 'Squaw' and orange/red tufted bergamot backed by Crocosmia Lucifer. For a hot border look it worked well.

There is still time to divide and replant established perennials or move those that are in the wrong place. Plants that need an early start next year such as Phlox, Persicaria, Crocosmia and Hemerocallis are best moved now.

Divide and replant the healthiest strong growing sections in drifts of five or more in well-prepared soil. This will give an established appearance early on next year and avoids that ghastly plant collection look where single specimens are dotted randomly about the border with no relation to one another. …

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