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imageHello, I'm relatively new to the world to gardening but loving it all the same - its the reason I bought the house i live in now :)

So, i have the left hand side of the garden under control, it sees all the sun and i'm experimenting with all sort of beautiful plants.

The problem i have is the right hand side of the garden which is mainly some types of evergreen trees? - i know the ceanothus is one of them but after that (going further into the picture) i'm not sure what they are and more importantly how to keep them ship shape and relatively tamed.

All help appreciated.


Last edited: 22 May 2016 14:38:46


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    Paul, you'll need to take a photo of each individual shrub in order to identify them.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,045

    Can you do individual photos of each one so we can see the foliage in detail and identify them?

    The RHS offers this advice for pruning your ceanothus and keeping it tidy without losing flowers:-

    Prune after flowering. Cut back long, flowered shoots by one-third to a half. If more bushy growth is desired, trim lightly again in late summer. (e.g. C. arboreus ‘Trewithen Blue’, C. dentatusC. impressusC. thyrsiflorus ‘Skylark’)

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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    Hows this? hopefully enough for y'all eagle eyes.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,045

    You already have the info for the ceanothus.   The others, except the last one, are types of conifer.

    I grow the third one as a low hedge to provide a windbreak for one of my beds which gets icy east winds in winter.   The first one I keep clipped as a rounded cone to stop it getting too big and untidy.

    The others can also be kept clipped or pruned to size and shape but be aware that conifers, except for yew which you don't have, do not grow back fresh foliage from brown wood so always leave some foliage below where you clip or cut.

    You should feed them in spring with a generous handful each of pelleted chicken manure or similar scattered underneath each one.   Keep them weed free at the base and consider applying a mulch of chipped bark or ericaceous compost after a good watering or heavy rain.  

    Here's some more advice form the RHS - 

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks for the info - much appreciated!

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