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Echium pininana in Nottingham

LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,436
I think they're hardier than given credit for! I also noticed quite a lot of self sown Echium down at Hinton Ampner in Hampshire. This is the same neighbour's garden that I asked about the Sophora shrub (to the left).


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  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,316
    edited May 2020
    ..yes they also survive around here in east anglia.. close to houses or in sheltered gardens..  at least, until the next bad winter..


  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,436
    Do yours self seed, @Marlorena? They seem happy by that wall. Again yours aren't in as sunny a spot as I would have expected.

    I ordered some seed of Echium candicans which I am going to give a try.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,316
    ..oh best of luck with those...  it's not my garden, [wish it was]... but one in my vicinity, so I don't know if they self seed there... if I see the owner I might ask... I do go by there sometimes..

    ...I see another one growing right outside somebody's front door here.. but we've had mild winters...
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,436
    Being close to the house makes a huge difference doesn't it, I had a pot of Salvia Amistad by the back door that never lost it's leaves, while the ones down the bottom of the garden died right down.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,863
    They are far better if you let them self seed, they don’t like disturbance so potting on is not so good,  also, they get toughened up to the weather. I leave them where they fall and usually only get two or three survive the winter .its a three year growing cycle for me.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    I planted seeds in pots past Spring, potted them on this year, hopefully will flower next year........just trying to figure out where to plant them in the garden later this year
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,863
    Right at the back Mary, mine last year were 20’ tall. The one in flower now has curled itself around the garden then gone up to about 8’.  They're monsters. 
    Make sure you put it where you want it you may not get another chance to transplant it. 
    Allow it lots of space it will be at least 2’ diameter if it survives the winter. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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