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Perennial Shade Plant Suggestions Needed

Discussion in 'Flowers & Roses' started by ducks4you, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. Jan 30, 2016
    Smart Red

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    When I last planted a bed of glads, I used 2 x 4 spaced fencing laid parallel to the ground and held up about 24 inches by posts at all four ends. The glads grew tall and straight. My bed was 4 feet wide so fencing 4 ft. tall was a perfect fit for the bed when laid over the posts.

    You are actually borderline for overwintering gladiolas in the ground. I have had them come up after mild winters and you are probably warmer than I am. You might try covering their bed with a heavy mulch of straw or leaves and take the chance.
     
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    aftermidnight

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    I use a lot of gravel throughout the garden, in some places, like paths, it gets raked frequently in others not at all like the top part of our driveway, I'm encouraging the moss, here on the west coast it's and unending battle to get rid of so you might as well work with it LOL.
    We used to park the boat here, when DH gave the boat to our SIL and before he tried to store something else here I planted a tree, gotta strike while the irons hot ;). On one side a fence covered in ivy, the other side our house.

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    The old fence at the bottom is hopefully going to be replaced with a new gate and arch this spring or so my #2 son says :). Hopefully my honeysuckle will survive it's drastic pruning, it's in one corner the other side of the old gate, hoping to train it over the new arbor I've been promised.
    Annette
     
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    Carol Dee

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    Smart Red

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    I wouldn't worry, aftermidnight, honeysuckle is inordinately hardy and will take pruning well. I have some we've dug the roots out that is still sending up growth.
     
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    thistlebloom

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    You have a beautiful garden @aftermidnight . Do you know the name of your pink rhodie? I'm looking for one that shade of pink as a replacement for a client. And is that a kiwi vine you've got growing?

    I agree with Red about the honeysuckle. They can be cut to the ground as a rejuvenation pruning, so I bet it doesn't skip a beat.
     
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    ninnymary

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    Thistle, is the kiwi vine the one with pink on the leaves? It is a pretty plant that I was admiring.

    Mary
     
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    thistlebloom

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    Yes, aren't the shadings on the leaves pretty?
    I think it's Kolmikta, aka Arctic Beauty, kiwi, but I'll wait for Annette to back that up.
     
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    aftermidnight

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    @thistlebloom the pink rhodie is "Fantastica" not the best picture but taken a little closer up.
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    @ninnymary yes it's "Actinidia kolomikta" we also have the female just the odd touch of color on it but it bears sweet grape sized fruit in the summer. A couple more pics of the male.
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    A closeup
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    Annette
     
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    thistlebloom

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    Thanks Annette, I've taken note and will hope it's available this spring locally. It looks like a good match for where it would be going.
     
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    Carol Dee

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    I love plants with interesting foliage. @aftermidnight The kiwi looks like something I may NEED to find a home for! I have also always wanted a tri-color beech.
     
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