Posted: 06/04/2017 at 21:01
I'm staying with friends who have a lovely garden here in Antibes.
There are 3 straggly and rather ugly cypress trees in the eastern corner, planted some 50 years ago, which they're taking out - too much upkeep as they don't live here and regularly need trimming and nothing grows under them (apart from one glorious camellia).
they're looking for a large shrub, which will create some privacy from overlooking houses, that won't need high maintenance and will have some seasonal interest.
the soil has had cypress growing in them for decades, but has had lots of good compost mixed in. Would it be acid, due to rye cypresses?
my friend loves lilac, but I'm not sure there is a variety which likes this situation - or is there?
the garden is very warm even now, from April. It us south facing, but has a Gardena watering system in place when owners aren't here.
sorry I've no photo, but will add one as soon as I can.