Don't Believe Everything You Read
The autumn issue of the Hllier Gardening Club magazine arrived last month but I only got round to reading it the other day. One article featured a dwarf photinia called ‘Little Red Robin’ that supposedly only grows to one metre. I’ve always fancied growing one of these shrubs but just never had the room for one so this looked ideal – I could shoehorn it between a wisteria and a bottlebrush where an old hebe had just given up the ghost.
So off I went to the nearest Hiller’s Garden Centre to get one. But on checking the label, I found it would grow three metres tall and the same across. I aksed at the Information Point – yes, it does get that big if left unpruned but will take about fifteen years to do so. I got one anyway – it has so much competition, it won’t take off and I can keep an eye on it and cut it back if necessary.
But don’t believe everything you read!
- 23 Nov, 2007
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