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Moving Helleborus

I want to move a large clump of helleborus, the Lenten rose, which is currently in bloom. I am getting conflicting information on when best to do this. Could you advise please? DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 20/03/2017

Hellebores can be lifted and divided as soon as the flowers begin to go over and take on a green flush. Hellebore is in active growth and there will be some wilting, but the plants are robust and recover well. Give them a good watering to settle them. Or if you wish wait until September or October and move it then.


Sheltered flowerbed

I have a raised flower bed, backed by a high wall. Its about 12ft long and would be in a South facing garden, it would be located to the South East. The sun would hit that section of the garden from about 1pm until 5pm. I want to plant it up with colours and some trailing plants and fill it out so that it doesn't get bare during the winter, flowers / plants that will be doing something all year round. Can you please recommend some hardy plants that would suit this area. We live about five minutes away from the sea if that has any bearing on the conditions. Linncuin13, rush, Co Dublin Posted: 06/03/2017

A high wall on that orientation can take clematis, rose or potato jasmine, or all three with some annual pruning.

The bed can have some small shrubs, such as cistus, hebe, Convolvulus cneorum, and coronilla, and perennials, such as dierama, astelia and begenia.

Others that trail include rockrose, aubrieta and iberis.

But there are lots of others too! 



When should Turtlehead be planted? 030320171, Tomhaggard, Co Wexford Posted: 03/03/2017

Turtkehead, or chelone, is a herbaceous perennial and can be planted from autumn to spring, or at any time from a pot.

  Agapanthus in bud

Agapanthus in bud

I have an agapanthus in fat bud for the last month! Is this unusual. Zudy, Sligo, Co Sligo Posted: 20/02/2017

Unusual but not rare. Agapanthus sometimes, in mild autumn, winter or spring might throw up a flower, especially in a mild area close to the coast, such as Sligo.


Too late to prune?

I have a one year old garden that has grown tremendously. Is it too late to prune back the lavender, cone flowers, jasmine etc. or should I wait to the spring? I live in Sutton, Dublin so we don't get so much frost. 261120161, , Posted: 26/11/2016

Do not be in a hurry to cut back seedheads as they can be very decorative in winter. Remove any messy kinds now and trim the rest if necessary in late winter.

Lavender can be trimmed after flowering. 


Cutting back perennials and lifting.

Here in Kildare my Dahlias and Rudbeckias are still flowering away abundantly. I'm just wondering when I should cut them down and take them undercover given how mild it has been this Autumn. DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 30/10/2016

Rudbeckia is hardy and the withered seed-heads are decorative.

Dahlias can be lifted to store under cover as Kildare is cold, or covered with soil or mulch to insulate them in the ground.


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