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Plants in the Garden: Raised Bed or Rockery

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What to do with a large pile of clay?

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Contribution from Jim McGregor 29 June 2011, 23:16top / bottom of page

Th pond is full of newts now and there are toads in the garden so we have high hopes that they will take up residence as well.

We also have a more formal pond near the house - goldfish and plenty of dragonflies, but no other wildlife.

Contribution from John Good 17 October 2011, 19:42top / bottom of page

Jim mentions Mimulus cardinalis and suggests that it might be a thug. I can assure you that there is no 'might be' about it, especially in a damp garden such as mine here in N. Wales., where it grows from nothing to cover several square metres of ground each season, including climbing through camellias trained against a wall to well over 2 metres! So why do I still have it? Because it is so eye catching and in actual fact it is not too difficult to curb as it is mainly a surface rooter, although back at base it forms quite a resistant clump. If my garden was smaller it would have to go, but as I get older something which covers a lot of ground, keeps down the weeds, and is continuously in flower throughout the summer and well into autumn has its attraction.


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