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Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 185
I'm after some advice really on a replacement shrub needed for our red phormium that seems to have died with the harsh winter and now dry summer. I need another red coloured shrub which is fast growing and will have an impact almost immediately. Any suggestions?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,585
    If it's fast growing it's going to be a thug and give you pruning and care problems later on so maybe better to be patient.
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  • Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 185
    Obelixx said:
    If it's fast growing it's going to be a thug and give you pruning and jcare problems later on so maybe better to be patient.
    Any suggestions?
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,354
    What is the name of the Phormium that died on you, and whereabouts in the country are you located please, approximately..  Thank you..
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,547
    You've not given us much to go on - what's your soil like? Is it a sunny spot? Or shaded? Are you in Scotland or Cornwall?
    Asa 'throw it out there' option, cotinus coggygria has fabulous rich leaf colour. It's quite big and won't grow in a very exposed position
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 185
    You've not given us much to go on n- what's your soil like? Is it a sunny spot? Or shaded? Are you in Scotland or Cornwall?
    Asa 'throw it out there' option, cotinus coggygria has fabulous rich leaf colour. It's quite big and won't grow in a very exposed position
    Sorry. Based in Stockport in the NW. Our soil is clay
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