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?
Central Norfolk UK
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.
“I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.”
Winnie the Pooh
So would you move after they’ve flowered?
All after they have flowered but keep them very well watered.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement
' - Helen Keller
When I read threads like this, I think it would be great to have a “sticky” thread near the top of the board with lists of plants and when we can’t move/prune/divide then. Too much effort I guess, someone must’ve thought of this idea before.
Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain
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.
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.