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Flowers : Border Perennial Flowers

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Eremurus Brutus

I bought Emerutus Brutus (fox Lily) and planted them in October but I have three left over which I didn't get to plant yet. Can I plant them now or not? Thanks Gerry Happychappy21, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 15/04/2017

Plant immediately, they are probably already past survival.

  Plant identification
 

Plant identification

Moved into new house about two years ago....,the attached plant was growing vigorously in the border,can you identify please ?see image attached . Large leaves / no flower ... Is it a weed? Tomred60, Newcastle, Co Wicklow Posted: 07/04/2017

Its a bit foggy and hard to say... send a pic when it flowers.

  black bamboo not doing well
 

black bamboo not doing well

What is wrong with this bamboo the leaves have fallen off and it just doesn't look like it is doing to well evelyn1979, fermoy , Co Cork Posted: 31/03/2017

Its in poor soil at the base of a wall, in competition with a rose bush.

Move it to a better spot now or give it a feed and mulch. 

 

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! 

 

Turtlehead

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.

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