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Trip to the garden centre


By diydick


I had a trip to my favourite garden centre on Monday,
it is a 30 mile round trip but you do get quite a bit for the money spent,so I just could not help myself!
Here are some pix.

The whole lot

At the back is an ornamental grass and a Phormium
A couple of Hostas and Heucheras middle and front

Can any one ID the almost black looking plant for me,there was no label on it, I just liked it,so had to get it!

Got a few Azaleas and an evergreen shrub “Coprosma” which will be going into my recently built planters along with 2 Pieris Japonica “Mountain Fire”,decided to go for acid loving plants for them.I was also going to put the 2 Hostas in with them as I read that they also like acid soil and a shady position,may be someone can advise me on this please.I also have 4 ferns which I purchased recently to go in the box planters,whether the combination will look right or not I do not know,just experimenting at the moment.
Also last pic and this one there are 2 Clematis one will be replacing a dead one to climb up my arch and the other for another trellis I have put up to help hide one of the rain barrels I am in the process of installing.

Here I have 4 Dianthus, I have not decided yet where I am putting them although I may put them in a large terracotta bowl with a few alpines in last pic top left which I have had for a quite a few weeks,and 5 Fushias to go in hanging baskets

Here are loads of Petunias also to go in hanging baskets and possibly troughs.Also some marigolds just to get a bit more colour in the garden.Bottom left corner are 5 water plants for my pond,3 floating ones which I cannot remember the name but they multiply very fast and cover the water surface very well,and 2 Houttuynia Cordata which are also vigorous growers to replace the ones I lost when I rebuilt the pond last year.

Had to get a close up these clematis blooms just incase I never see them again,lol.I think they are fab.

Hope you liked looking at my new plants,I will post some more pix when I get them planted up.

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Sambucas nigra (the black plant looks like or black Elder as it's known...lovely plant ,has small reddish flowers)
Smashing purchases! A visit to the GC is a great event! I just can't fit anymore in my garden!

5 Jun, 2013


Wow, Lots !
Happy planting :o)))

5 Jun, 2013


That's a great selection you've got there, have fun with all the planting up!

5 Jun, 2013


I think you must have a bigger boot than me! Mind you I often put the plants on the front seat next to me :o)

5 Jun, 2013


Busy busy busy maybe but happy happy happy certainly. :0)

5 Jun, 2013


Yes I reckon that black leafed plant is a Sambucus, can get big over the years Diy. so plant at back of border! They are beauties, google and see pics. Lovely plant selection there, now all you have to do is plant them!!!! Lol

5 Jun, 2013


Lovely healthy looking plants like that hosta at the front....well I like them all!

5 Jun, 2013


great new plants and love the sambucas nigra, i keep thinking of getting myself one and get nice flowers on them to if i recall :o))

5 Jun, 2013


Plenty plenty! What a great selection - your baskets are going to be very colourful.

5 Jun, 2013


Thank you all for having a look and your nice comments,
I think I chose well,spent a couple of hours finding what I wanted.Thank you also Paul,Grandmage and San for the ID on the Sambuca and I have checked some images Grandmage...they do get big don't they?
I do have a large boot Annella and my back seats go down so loads of room for goodies lol.
I have managed so far the fill 6 hanging baskets and put the shrubs into both of my new box planters.Not sure at the mo where the Sambuca is going,may repot into something a bit larger and move it around til I find a happy spot for it.
Lots of planting still to do and too many little projects on the go,but enjoying every minute of it, as you say Pam...happy happy happy!

6 Jun, 2013


Lovely selection of plants ... your Sambucus will tolerate a hard prune to keep it to the size you require ... and they look lovely next to lime green or pale green foliage ... happy planting!

6 Jun, 2013


Thank you Shirley and for the advise on the Sambucus.

6 Jun, 2013


You're welcome ... :o)

7 Jun, 2013

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