This should be money well spent – I hope !
Here are the shrubs I’ve added to the previous list for the new hedge :
- Bamboo fargesia scabrida ‘Asian Wonder’ : non invading, very dense foliage. The stems turn red in spring and desquame yellow in spring.
- Hypericum patulum ‘Hidcote’ : semi evergreen ; large and bountiful bright yellow flowers in summer. The label reads ‘rapid growth’ – I should
check on that !
- Cornus alba ‘Sibirica Variegata’ : flashy red stems, with leaves that have a green and white margin that turns pink in autumn.
- Seringa ‘Belle Etoile’ : magnificent species for its large white flowers with a cherry centre in May, and its strong fragrance.
- Eleagnus ebengeii : an evergreen bush, that has fragrant white flowers in Sept/Oct
- also Spirea vanhouttei : in May it is a cascade of white flowers.
So the countdown has started : one week before Botanic Bay opens onto the street, when the sick conifer hedge gets removed. It‘s a much awaited for experience, not so much for beeing exposed onto the street of course, but for getting rid of a hedge that has no charm whatsoever, and prevents some of our plants to grow fully. Partly because of the shade it provides, but also simply for what conifers are : a put-off for most of the rest of the plants ! I hope to invite a large range of fauna as well – from bugs to birds and small mammals, by choosing shrubs that flower at different times in the year. The base of the hedge will be planted with wild flowers, some that will start in spring, and some that will flower in summer and well into the autumn. I also intend to plant bulbs, but I shall tell you more in due time, when the order I placed through Le Club Senegal of the Lycee is delivered.
By the way, my pets have participated in our Halloween celebrations, what about your pets ?