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Stout, statuesque and upstanding with fleshy large leaves that colour up from pigeon-grey to smoke-purple in dry weather- followed by pale-pink stars
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: August to October
- Flower colour: soft pink
- Other features: attractive to butterflies and bees; the dried flower-heads provide colour and structure in the winter garden
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Succulent leaves flushed bronze with purple stems and clusters of soft pink flowers in late summer. The attractive flowers add a splash of colour late in the year when most flowers are going over and the seed heads also look good if left on throughout winter. A valuable plant that makes an excellent cut flower too.
- Garden care: The flowerheads look great left during the winter to add shape and texture to your border. In February and March cut back the old flowerheads and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Once established, sedums can have a tendency to flop leaving an open and unsightly centre, especially in fertile soil. One technique to help prevent this is the 'Chelsea chop'. During the last week of May (Chelsea Flower Show week), cut one in every three stems back to the ground. This will produce plants that are less lush and flower slightly later.
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Q:Hello on this glorious Saturday morning. Can you suggest a plant for our very small front garden please? we would like it in the middle of the grass, as we have small borders all round. We currently have a Hebe which has proved very successful but it's getting huge and tired now. Trouble is, we're on a really exposed position,and get ferocious winds.I'd be delighted to read your reply, and thank you so much for your timeAsked on 13/7/2013 by babygardener from St. Leonards on Sea
I would be tempted to plant a Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulus. It may need staking initially, but it is very tough indeed and has a great silhouette.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/cotoneaster-hybridus-pendulus/classid.2000003017/Answered on 15/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:2006 Planting Chelsea Flower Show enquiry
Hi, I see you have plants available for the current show, but do you have a plant list for the 2006 award winner (Daily Telegraph,Tom Stuart Smith) available as I am interested in buying some of these plants? Thank you for your time, KellyAsked on 5/4/2010 by kelly mackenzie
A:Hello Kelly, He did use a lot of plants in his garden - here is a list which includes most. Allium Purple Sensation Anthriscus Ravens Wing Aquilegia Ruby Port Astrantia Claret Carex testacea Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum Dahlia Dark Desire Euphorbia Fireglow Geranium Lily Lovell Geranium phaeum Samobor Geranium Phillipe Valpelle Geranium psilostemmon Geum Princess Juliana Gillenia trifoliata Hakonechloa macra Iris Dusky Challenger Iris Dutch Chocolate Iris Sultan's Palace Iris Superstition Iris Supreme Sultan Knautia macedonica Lavandula angustifolia Nepeta subsessilis Washfield Nepeta Walkers low Purple fennel - Giant Bronze Rodgersia pinnata Superba Rodgersia podophylla Salvia Mainacht Sedum matrona Stachys byzantina Stipa arundinacea (syn.Anemanthele lessoniana) Stipa gigantea Tulip Abu Hassan Tulip Ballerina Tulip Queen of Night Verbascum Helen Johnston I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 6/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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
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