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Re: OT-PLANTS:Suggestions for a difficult spot

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] OT-PLANTS:Suggestions for a difficult spot
  • From: "Colleen Modra" <irises@senet.com.au>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001 16:22:17 +1000

How about evergreen daylilies, heaps of bloom flushes  in your climate for
about 6-9 months of the year, any colour from red, pink, orange, yellow,
purple, white and lots of interesting combinations. Plenty of small growing
ones too.

Colleen Modra
Zone 8/9
----- Original Message -----
From: John Reeds <jreeds@microsensors.com>
To: <iris-talk@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 8:56 AM
Subject: [iris-talk] OT-PLANTS:Suggestions for a difficult spot

> Okay, there are a lot of good gardeners out there.  I need to find an
> for planting a difficult spot (virgin topsoil mix).  A fake rock wall
> overhangs my pool equipment (including the heater).  Recessed into the top
> of the wall is a planter about 50" long, about 20" wide, and about 8-12
> inches deep.  It has sprinklers (which I can adjust) and a surface drain.
> The rock will get hot in the sun, so anything prone to root-rot may be a
> problem.  In this part of California, we only rarely get winter freezes
> (USDA 9b, Sunset 23).  The planter is next to the spa, so I absolutely
> want a lot of shedding leaves or large dropping flowers.  A major
> like rosemary might not be good either.  We want an evergreen plant,
> preferably with flowers (what may not be evergreen in other parts of the
> country may work here).
> So far, my best ideas are (1): star jasmine, and (2): a mix of lavendula
> (Goodwin Creek lavender) and dusty miller.  I also suggested a non-hybrid
> nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo).  Correa (California lilac) might
> but it would prefer to go semi-dormant in the summer given the heat of the
> location.
> My wife doesn't like my ideas.  She has suggested fruit trees and orchids.
> Any ideas out there she might like?  I'm not too fond of trumpet vines,
> gloriosa lilies spend too much time dormant unless I just add them to a
> of evergreen plants.
> Thank you for your suggestions,
> John Reeds
> jreeds@microsensors.com
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