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Most everything is now growing fast and looking better every day....as with everyone else.....but I am going to have a big "spoil" this summer. A Carpentaria Californica is looking decidedly sparse of foliage. Growing against a wall it has been a lovely sight in June and July but the winter wet has affected it. Hardly a leaf but I cut branches back fairly hard and new growth has started. But it looks "woody"
However, I have now decided it has to go. I want something quick for,this summer and considered a red leaved canna, (I have a few in large pots growing away), a buddleia Davidii and climbers. I have a pittosporum Garnettii 6' tall to one side and a 10' tall conically shaped on the other side......not the most imaginative planting I have but it creates a cosy background. I have clematis ville de Lyon backing the pittosporum.
Any other options out there? Quick, colourful and compatible?
What about a Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire? It would look great next to the pittosporum and also look great in front of a wall
Would a Ligularia grow there Verd - or is it not moist enough?
The canna would be very smart I think.
A Phormium for foliage contrast?
Dove.....a tad too small. Want something to grow reasonably tall quickly. Anyone tried little Blie spire? Apparently it's less sprawly.
Fairygirl, I think it will be the canna. They grow so well down here flowering from mid Augusf onwards af a height of well over 7 '
Could put in Calamagrostis too. Got a couple of large ones in pots. Decisions, decisions......I need a donut or two.
Sorry fairy. Ligularia? Prob too dry