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Moving plants now

I’m wanting to redesign my inheritors herbaceous borders and move plants around to suit my planting style. Would I be mad to move things like aquilegia, welsh poppies, delphiniums, hardy geraniums now? 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,852
    Hardy geraniums you’d probably get away with ... they’re tough as old boots ... but I wouldn’t risk it with the rest unless you're prepared to risk losing a lot of all of this year’s blooms. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • lizziec1988lizziec1988 Posts: 74
    So would you move after they’ve flowered? 
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    All after they have flowered but keep them very well watered.
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,039
    That would be a handy sticky thread! 

    I have moved stuff when you are not supposed to - recently, some salvias in flower, that drooped for a couple of days then perked up and are non the worse. Also Echinaceas that are supposed to resent being moved, again fine and now starting to flower. So I think you can break the rules occasionally, but it is a risk.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,174
    There are things called books, which would tell you all you need to know about plants!
    For beginners for instance, you can't beat Alan Titchmarsh's "How to be a Gardener".
    Available online or in charity shops. Absolutely brilliant how, why and when.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
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