Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
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- Position:partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained garden soil
- Rate of growth: fast growing
- Flowering period: April to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A compact, shade-loving, spreading euphorbia that has long-lasting, lime-green flowers in late spring above rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves. It's a valuable plant for difficult areas of dry shade, particularly under trees and it also looks at home in a woodland setting. As it is evergreen and suckering it also makes attractive groundcover. Left unchecked it can become invasive, romping through areas of a small garden.
- Garden care: In autumn cut back the faded flower stems, avoiding new ones. When working with spurges always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant. Remove unwanted seedlings each spring as part of routine border maintenance
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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Arrived as young plants but planted straight out in autumn. They have thrived in my heavy clay soil in the shadiest of spots. They enjoy a little dressing of leaf mould but don't need it. All survived happily and have flowered. The only downside to them is that all parts are toxic so wear gloves around them.
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Q:We have moved to a new house and are in the process of tackling some of the garden. There are a couple of very tall (fully mature) beech trees which over the years have had their lower branches removed so they have a high canopy. Under the trees is quite a large section of garden which has gone wild with 'spurge' with perennial weeds in amongst it. What is the best way of clearing it out so it won't return? And what can we plant that will become a decent height to act as a bit of a barrier to the road? But mainly we really want to know the best way of clearing - I'm trying to avoid bio warfare!Asked on 22/6/2014 by whiterose
If weedkillers are out, then the best way to tackle it would be to dig the unwanted plants out. You may need to be vigilant in spring next however as I'm sure some of them will want to make a re-appearance. It will take time, but if you keep cutting them back, the plants will eventually become so weakened that they will disappear.
As for what to plant when you have cleared it, I would recommend one of the Sarcococcas
http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.sarcococca/sort.0/Answered on 26/6/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:What plants would you recommend for my Mediterranean style garden?
Our garden is quite well established and has a Mediterranean feel. We have quite a few spaces that need filling and were hoping you could suggest a few things?Asked on 31/3/2005 by Mrs C Taylor
A:We have several plants that might interest you - here are some of the best Lavandula http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lavandula/?s=lavandula Cistus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.cistus/?s=cistus Kniphofia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.kniphofia/?s=kniphofia Euphorbias http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.euphorbia/?s=euphorbia Yucca filamentosa http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/yucca-filamentosa-/classid.4537/ Eryngium http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.eryngium/?s=eryngium Sedum http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.sedum/?s=sedum Brachyglottis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mediterranean-plants/brachyglottis-dunedin-group-sunshine/classid.4376/ Convolvulus cneorum http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mediterranean-plants/convolvulus-cneorum-/classid.940/Answered on 1/4/2005 by Crocus
Q:What can I plant in a Mediterranean style garden?
I want give my garden a Mediterranean look but I do not know what to plant. Could you please help?Asked on 29/3/2005 by firstname.lastname@example.org
A:There are quite a few plants that we sell on the website which will give you a mediterranean feel to your garden - here are some of the best any of the Kniphofias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=kniphofia any of the Euphorbias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=euphorbia Yucca filamentosa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=yucca+fil Stipa tenuissima http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1000000022&CategoryID= any of the Eryngiums http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=eryngium any of the Sedum spectabile http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=sedum+spect any of the Bergenias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=bergenia Erigeron http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=erigeron Brachyglottis compacta Sunshine http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4376&CategoryID= Convolvulus cneorum http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=940&CategoryID= Phlomis italica http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=phlomis Lavandula x intermedia Dutch Group http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4046&CategoryID= Festuca glauca http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=Festuca+glauc&x=12&y=10Answered on 30/3/2005 by Crocus