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mardathamardatha Posts: 28

Can somebody tell me more about this shrub - is it fully hardy? Suitable for a west facing border under a leylandii hedge? Does it flower for a long period? Thanks image



  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Its not fully hardy.

    A west facing fence will be OK

    Not sure about proximity to another hedge
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Do you know which variety you have as there are several with slightly different requirements

  • mardathamardatha Posts: 28

    Not bought any yet Matty - but if it's the least bit delicate then it's a no go. Ebay sellers don't always tell the truth lol - they say hardy so I get things -and they take one gasp of cold air and expire! Thanks image

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    It isn't fully hardy, I can't keep Ceanothus here due to the wind and frost, not even the plain ordinary one, my mother has a lovely variegated one not too far away but in a very sheltered garden. 

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Mine is in an exposed position against a south facing fence(westerly winds) next to a Leylandii hedge. It's 5ft tall and doing well, No frost damage from last winter and it's dead easy to propagate. I take a few cuttings every year, so it's pretty tough here in Mid Wales.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    This is mine yesterday - think it's variety Honka


     Quite a stiff stem as you can see - have no idea how big it will grow but do love it. Just bought a clematis vitcella to grow up through it for later in the year

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,040

    Concha is a good variety, have grown it a few times and not had a problem with hardiness in the west midlands.  However it really needs good drainage and doesn't like the soil too rich - think California.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • mardathamardatha Posts: 28

    I really like it but it's no good for me here, my winters are too cold for it. Coldest here was minus 18. Today it's 6C with a bitter wind and possible snow tonight. I do like the the Caryopteris though, I googled that and it's very pretty. Thanks image

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Thanks Yvie,  Honka is the dahlia (doh!)

    West Midlands here as well

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