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19/04/2013 at 15:15
Hi, I am looking for suggestions for a shrub that I can grow against a south facing fence. The garden is quite small, but I have a number if shrubs down the length and am looking to fill a gap between two ceanothus plants. I am looking for something that will grow to a height of about 8', preferably native and attract wildlife. Any suggestions.
19/04/2013 at 15:20 might like this one, it's Sambucus plumosa Aurea, a form of Elder.  I think the leaf colour would contrast with your blue flowering Ceanothus, and this plant will grow just about anywhere... Red berries too... and fine foliage.  Deciduous...


19/04/2013 at 16:23
How about Physocarpus darts gold?
19/04/2013 at 17:39

Or Pysocarpus Diablo. The purple leaves would look beautiful with the Blue flowers of the Ceanothus.

19/04/2013 at 18:57
Hiya punkdoc
I,have Diablo but don't know if I really like it. It's more,brown than purple. Friends say they like it but I don't like it?
19/04/2013 at 19:13

yes even brown looks good i saw some of it and it looks good..

19/04/2013 at 20:02

As long as you keep it pruned to the right shape, the silver green leaves of eleagnus ebingii might be a good idea behind the blue of the ceanothus.  It is a strong plant and evergreen.  It really comes into its own in  mid winter  when the tiny and insignificant white flowers send out a delicious scent - just when it`s needed.

19/04/2013 at 21:06
Some interesting suggestions here, none of which I had thought of so thank you. And keep the suggestions coming.
19/04/2013 at 22:25

Hi Verdun. I do like the Physocarpus but I think I prefer the colour of Sambucus or the dark leaved Hazels.

20/04/2013 at 15:42

Buddleia will attract butterflies and will get to 8'.

Gooseberry can also get to 8' and will attract birds and give you a pie.

20/04/2013 at 16:47
Salino's suggestion of Sambucus (Elder) gets my vote! I love the scent and making Elderflower cordial in May. You can use the berries to make things too. I've planted the purple type with the pink flowers so we can make Pink Elderflower Champagne! The flowers are amazing in strawberry jam too!
20/04/2013 at 16:55
Punkdoc, yep I think I agree with you
If you like yellow elder Check out Sutherland Gold. The new shoots are coppery orange with bright yellow summer leaves. I think it's better than plumosa Aurea....I grow is supposed to be an improved version.
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