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aubretia and vinca

rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

i love both aubretia and vinca, and they both seem to thrive in this neighbourhood, but both mine, planted last spring, are straggly, not very floriferous and haven't spread as i'd hoped, i moved a vinca yeterday to a slghtly sunnier spot, and put 3 more aubretias in both at the top of a tiny rock area what am i doing wrong?



  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    thanks philippa i'll dump extra compost on at weekend , i have never succeeded with any cuttings, i follow steps to letter and none have ever taken! i will clip aubretia back, what do you mean pinch out? like the lead shoots?sorry to be so thick

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Louise "pinch out" means nip the top from the main growing stem. Makes growth below bush out.

    When established Vinca will grow in most places, Vinca major can at times be a pest and will spread and root all over.

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    it's minor, put it in a place i really want it to spread a good couple of feet, we live 1 minute walk from botanical gardens and it's exactly like i want iin there in lots of places!

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    thhanks philippa i'm pretty new to gardening, my main problem is got tiny front and back east and west facing gardens, but have ideas for south facing half acre! tend to be a bit romantic and airy fairy, do need realistic advice, if left to own devices would have 100 roses  and fill in with anything pink blue lilac white pretty  and scented absolutely rubbish at structure and foliage as i've mentioned in other thread, also always pushed for time so v naughty at cutting corners with preparation

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    sorry again pinch out now as growing?

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    thanks philippa will do

  • Hi, I am new to the site.

    I hope someone could help me, I have planted 2 aubretia 2 months ago and they were looking good, 2 weeks ago I applied evergreen 4 in 1 to my lawn and the 2 aubretia have since shrivelled up and look as if they are dying? Could anybody tell me ifI can help them Iin any way? Thank you in advance.
  • Thankyou verdun..

    This might sound stupid but what is the differance with them and my other plants? What does a broad leaf mean.

    I am just a novice starting out and still learning. Thankyou
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,863

    Hi Matt image

    The only daft question is the one you don't ask image

    Broad leaved plants are those that don't have narrow leaves like grasses - so virtually anything that isn't a grass or similar.

    Most weedkillers were designed initially for use by farmers - they needed weedkiller that would kill the weeds with big leaves but that would leave the wheat and barley unaffected.  This means that they also work for lawns - we can treat the lawn with a weedkiller that will kill dandelions and plantains (broad leaves) and leave the grass to grow.

    The problem comes when we use the weedkiller (lawn treatment) near plants that we want - the chemical cannot distinguish between them and the weeds - it affects all non-narrow leaved plants - dandelions, docks and delphiniums are all the same to it.

    What I do when I use the lawn treatment that contains a weedkiller is to leave a gap around the edge of the lawn where I don't apply it - any weeds in that area I treat with a spot weedkiller that I can just dab on the offending weed (e.g. Roundup Gel).  This way I can hopefully avoid poisoning my pansies image

    While we're on the subject I'll just add that this is the reason why the first 3 mowings of grass following the lawn treatment shouldn't be put in the compost heap - just in case it doesn't totally break down by the time the compost is used in the garden - don't want the compost to kill our cabbages image

    Hope that helps image

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

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