Can anyone suggest a plant with/for the following...
Flowers in summer
Based in UK > Northen England
Quite demanding I know but I just thought I'd ask.
I have a red flowering thyme that has been quite hardy here in New
Hampshire. No idea of the cultivar name, I got the start from a friend, who
got it from a friend.
On 9/14/04 7:12 AM, in article YmA1d.381$ email@example.com,
Sunrose or Helianthemum nummularium will fit all your requrements. Very
hardy; low spreading evergreen foliage, ideally suited for a rock garden or
wall where it can spread or cascade. Small, tissue-paper thin flowers appear
over a long period in late spring and early summer. Lots of cultivars and
flower colors to choose from - 'Henfield Brilliant' has large, coppery-red
flowers, 'Ben Ledi' has smaller, true flowers, 'Fireball' has smaller double
red flowers and 'Cherries Jubilee' has double cherry-red flowers.
Shear off old flower stalks after the bloom period and you will get another
flush of flowers in late summer or early autumn.
pam - gardengal
I'd second Pam's choice as I'm a huge fan of these groundcover sunroses
that produce such splendid blooms & almost never need watering, but do
need a good sunny spot. "Fireball" has been a perpetual bloomer in my
garden, & the blooms are super-red (very small pompoms; the non-doubles
actually have the more dramatic flowers but not as persistent as are the
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
from firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve) contains these words:
You'd do better to ask in uk.rec.gardening, because most of the
gardeners here don't garden in the UK. I don't know much about
rock-garden plants, but helianthemum, potentilla, and dianthus would fit
I don't mean to be argumentative, but why can't he ask here? Are the plants
in the UK unique to that country? Hardy is hardy and there are many areas of
the UK that will experience weather extremes and/or climate conditions
similar (not identical, but similar) to parts of the US or even other parts
of the world that are reflected by posters here. There are scores of rock
garden and alpine plant societies that are international in their membership
and that share plants and planting tips freely.
FWIW, of the suggestions provided so far, the sedum and thyme are hardy
to -39C and the helianthemum to -23C. Certainly one of those should qualify.
pam - gardengal
True, but I wouldn't expect overseas posters to know if north
England's climate matched their own or not. If they didn't know the
climate of north England, they might not be able to offer appropriate
Yes, but that does not mean that every swap succeeds in any climate.
Temperature isn't the only consideration for hardiness in alpine
plants. For instance, alpine specialists in Britain, often grow sub-zero
alpine plants under a glass cover, **to keep them dry**. They can take
far colder temperatures than our winters, but if they were exposed to
our rainfall levels, they would rot and die.
Sedum and thyme often rot in mild, very wet winter weather here.
Thanks all for the advice.
This is my second post here and the responce is amazing, very friendly
group (apart from Cereus-validus, who lowered the tone a little).
Sunrose's and Sedum both look and sound just right, I'll have a look
at what I can find locally and then decide.
Hey, sweet pea.
Yeah, go and check out what your local plant nurseries have. Its such a
crazy idea, it just might work!!!
It was that nasty troll Janet Baraclough who made the disparaging remarks
about American gardeners not me.
If you don't agree with her, just say so.
Thanks for your support Cereus,
Crazy as it sounds, we're not all experts in gardening, in fact some
of us only have a shared yard and an interest in making it look a
little better for everyone. Which, thanks to the info I've recieved
here, I've done quite well.
For your info, I get advice on plants from books and from this
newsgroup. Find the right plant for the right location and then visit
a local nursery to buy it. What is so wrong with that???
No idea what Janet Baraclough said, I think it must have been removed.
So I know if I agree, so I cannot say.
Anyway, lets move this on please... I done a little reading and here
(in northen England) I am in Zone 8. Temps dropping to about -6 to -12
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