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How should I care for these plants now?

ariadna.bakhmatovaariadna.bakhmatova Posts: 115
edited September 2020 in Plants
dear gardeners, I would really appreciate your advice as to what I should do at this time of the year to take care of these plants in my garden, to make sure they survive. pics attached. Thank you!  


  • Are they both rhododendrons? The one on the left looks a bit malnourished. If they are large cultivars they will not b happy in that bed for long. As they flower on old wood if you need to keep trimming them to keep them the same size you will forfeit any flowers which makes them pretty pointless in my eyes. But if they are smaller varieties, they will be fine with a bit of attention. 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,070
    They need nothing really. The Hydrangeas will gradually become dormant, and you would then do the appropriate pruning in spring. The rhodo will just do it's thing too. You can give them all a slow release food in spring if you wish, and a general mulch over the whole bed will help retain the moisture. Bark is ideal for all of those, but compost is also fine. Is that a second rhodo next to one on the right? It looks a wee bit chlorotic, so you may need to give it some feeding, but it's a bit late now. They don't have a huge amount of room in that border, so adding plenty of compost every so often will help keep the soil healthy. 
    What you do with the fuchsia will depend on whether you can keep it outdoors over winter. That will depend on your climate and conditions, unless it's one of the hardy shrub types, in which case, it needs no attention either  :)
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    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • And obviously I responded before the other images were added ;) That's a lot of plants in the case of the hydrangeas, maybe worth looking into what varieties they are, as can't imagine they can stay together long-term. Probably would benefit with some companion plants so they don't look like a monoculture. 
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