Hedging Plants for Wet Soils

There are very few hedging species that can cope with standing water and unfortunately, no evergreens can cope with a really waterlogged situation. Normally we give our top five recommendations but in this case, we’re limiting ourselves to the best two which are:

  • Alder (Alnus glutinosa) – a very attractive leaf and male and female fruits which look completely different from each other and often stay on the tree most of winter – deciduous.   It’s also really good for improving the soil by fixing nitrogen – although it’s not one of the most familiar species for hedging, it’s well worth considering for wet soils prone to being waterlogged
  • Willow (Salix capraea) – really good on the edge of water or very wet soils – deciduous with gorgeous catkins

If the soil is wet but not waterlogged, there’s a bit more choice including some evergreens

  •     Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)
  •     Dogwood (Cornus alba, Cornus sibirica and Cornus stolonifera)
  •     Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)
  •     Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
  •     Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  •     June Berry (Amelanchier lamarckii)
  •     Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) – evergreen
  •     Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) – evergreen
  •     Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica Crotonifolia) – evergreen
  •     Rowan (Sorbus acuparia)
  •     Western Red Cedar (Thuya or Thuja) –evergreen

 

March Plant of the Month

Choisya ternata AGM or Mexican Orange Blossom is our plant of the month for March. It is an evergreen shrub which hails from Mexico and prefers the warmest position in the garden.

See all Choisya listed in Shoot.
Add Choisya ternata to your Plants I want list
Read more about the plant of the month

Other cultivars to consider
Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’: Brilliant golden yellow leaves
Choisya ternata ‘Aztec Pearl’: A more compact version of the type

Altons Plant Information

Altons Garden Centre is now making great use of Shoot’s plant finder in their own website. As part of the Tillington Buying Group of Garden Centres Altons has licenced the use of our plant data using the group magazine brand ‘Beautiful Gardens’. Along with Altons, Squires Garden Centres and Frosts Garden Centres also have licenced the use of our plant A-Z to allow their own customers to research plants in their own websites.

Altons Garden Centre Online will also be participating in Shoot’s new marketplace to bring our members great deals on gardening products. Coming Spring 2012!

Converted farm garden

We just added a new garden profile entitled Converted farm courtyard garden for London based garden designer Claudia de Yong. As with all designer garden profiles we give you a full plants list for the garden to review.  One plant that Claudia used in this garden which caught our eye is Rhodochiton atrosanguineum (Purple bell vine). We think it is beautiful and a little unusual climber choice! Do you agree?

This is the 5th garden profile we have added for Claudia on Shoot each one with its own planting list to help you to get the look. To see a full list of her gardens on Shoot visit Claudia’s business listing in Shoot. Claudia also has an article on Shoot about container planting combinations and personal profile. Check them out and enjoy!

January Plant of Month

Sarcococca confusa is our plant of the month for January. It is an evergreen shrub which can be planted in the border or in a container. The common names for this plant are Sweet box and Christmas Box.

The genus Sarcococca (Winter box) has sweetly scented pure white flowers. It flowers from December to March despite the inclement winter weather. The leaves are a lustrous dark green. This wonderful winter flowering, dense evergreen shrub is perfect for a shady border or woodland garden.

See all Sarcococca listed in Shoot.
Add Sarcococca confusa to your plants I want list.

Read more about the Plant of the Month.

Gift Memberships Available

Still looking for a great gift for a gardener you know? Don’t forget you can buy gift memberships to Shoot for just £19.99 making an ideal gift for any experienced or novice gardener! Simply add the name of the recipient and a message to create your own personalised Shoot membership gift.

Terms: One-year membership to Shoot for UK residents only. Internet access is required. Redemption within 12 months of purchase. Current members of Shoot can also redeem the one-year gift which will be added to the end of their membership term.

We want to hear from you

As we are gearing up to start our own Gardening Marketplace this Spring 2012 we’d love to hear from you!

What would you like to see for sale in our marketplace? Which are your favourite plants, gardening products and suppliers? Who do you most like doing your shopping with and why? Do you have any small, local favourites?

Please feel free to add comments at the bottom of this post. We hope to hear from you!

Improved Plant Lists Coming Soon

We are working on some improvements to the way you can manage your plant lists. The much loved features of being able to sort your ‘Plants I have’ list into an alphabetical order or by most recently added will soon also be available in your ‘Plants I want’ lists too. We will also give you a search ‘my plant list’ feature to find a plant in any of your lists more quickly. Finally you will also be able to add all your ‘Plants I want’ to your garden plan. We hope you enjoy these upcoming improvements!

Website of the Year Finalist!

Website of the Year Garden Media Guild

For the 3rd year Shoot has been selected as Finalist Website of the Year by the Garden Media Guild. The Garden Media Guild Awards celebrate the very best of horticultural communications in diverse media.

The Garden Media Guild (GMG) is an association that brings together professional garden writers, authors, photographers, broadcasters, editors, lecturers and allied trades. The Garden Media Guild’s aims are to raise the quality of garden writing, photography and broadcasting, and keep members up-to-date with events in the world of gardening and horticulture.