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House warming gift instead of flowers a plant... soil in Wiltshire?

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MayDayChild Thu 18-Aug-11 20:44:15

So buying a friend a plant instead of a bunch of flowers. Housewarming gift for a new build so fairly bare but owners not big gardeners.

So a hardy pretty flowering plant preferably currently in flower looking pretty...

What's the soil like in Wiltshire for lavender, hydrangea and all other suggestions. ???

Kladdkaka Fri 19-Aug-11 10:04:26

I seem to recall Wiltshire being very chalky.

bluecheesefiend Fri 19-Aug-11 10:05:46

I wouldn't know about soil but you could go for a potted plant or a hanging basket?

Kladdkaka Fri 19-Aug-11 10:11:00

It's the part of the country with all the chalk carvings on the sides of hills, methinks.

Bettymum Wed 24-Aug-11 15:39:10

How about a Choisya Aztec Pearl? Evergreen, pretty leaves, lovely white flowers in the spring and late summer (mine has a few flowers on it now, I'm on very edge of east Wilts), and fairly tough. Can be clipped or left to grow into quite a big, attractive shrub. Should be easy to find at garden centres.

YougreatPamplemousse Wed 24-Aug-11 15:42:57

Yes it is the place of chalk carvings but off the plain our soil is quite clayish. We have a magnolia, lilac and buddlia growing really well in our garden, none of which need much maintenance.

MayDayChild Wed 24-Aug-11 19:25:58

Sounds like Kent then where I am so not so tough afterall. Thanks all

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