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Philadelphus that never flowered

Philadelphus that never flowered

I bought a Philadelphus plant in Lidl about 5 years ago and planted it in garden but it never flowered all I get is plenty of leaves I include photo. Marie Jo, Youghal, Co Cork Posted: 14/08/2017

In the photo it is close to a bigger bush and probably finding it hard to get established, and some bigger shrubs can be slow to flower anyway as they spend some years building up to flowering size.

Any pruning that you did would have further delayed flowering. 


Alder tree spacing

We're planting an alder boundary behind a new beech & hornbeam hedge. The area is coastal & very windy & wet. How far apart do we space the bare root alder trees? 160320161, , Posted: 16/03/2016

Alder does well in wet ground, beech not so well, and often dies. Hornbeam copes with heavy soil and some amount of wet.

If the alder is to be a shelter belt, work out the number of plants at a spacing of 1.5 metres each way, dividing the spacing into the whole area. But plant at more random spacing, more or less, to give a more natural look.

Keep the trees back 3 metres or more from the hedge or they will over-shadow it. 



mini native wood

I am creating a native wood in my back garden. I have 4 x 4 m to play with I am wondering what density of trees and shrubs I can use for canopy and shrub layers. eg. Canopy trees 2m apart and shrubs in between at say 1m apart? issy, , Co Wicklow Posted: 30/03/2015

Yes, those spacings are about right. Everything randomized and assymetrical.

  Sad sambucus

Sad sambucus

The sambucus nigra in the garden hasn't been happy these past few years; we've tried pruning, then not pruning but nothing has helped. The leaves have some brown marks on, probably not distinguishable in the photo. jacb, Gorey, Co Wexford Posted: 25/08/2011


Hard to say from the photo but it looks dark and elder tends to die back if dark and damp.

Give more light, control grass or weeds and feed with compost or shrub fertiliser or general fertliser.


Skimmia distance

How far apart (maximum distance) can I put male and female skimmias to ensure the production of berries? I'm planning to put them at opposite ends of the garden (~7m). Is this ok? shazzsamsudin, Wilton, Cork, Co Cork Posted: 15/05/2010


Seven metres is fine because bees will carry pollen over quite long distances.


shrubs to cover oil burner

I have an oil burner in the middle of my lawn and it can be seen from my kitchen window. I want to put in a small bed of shrubs or plants that will cover or hide the burner. Can you suggest some evergreen shrubs or give me some suggestions to disguise this burner. It is about 3 feet wide and the same in height. GHOC, Fethard, Co Tipperary Posted: 29/04/2010


Almost any shrubs could be used for this purpose, such as broadleaved evergreens: laurustinus, aucuba, elaeagnus and hebe. And use some deciduous kinds too.

Lots of information at: http://www.garden.ie/plantdirectory.aspx




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