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South of France best shrubs for east facing wall

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 20:47

Neighbouring plots are very same-y...citrus, siccas, yukkas, roses, not much else.

South of France best shrubs for east facing wall

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 20:44

Hello and thanks all!


no I'm not set on an evergreen at all...I love the sound of eleagnus as a foil, but was more looking for a feature shrub in its own right.


the mount Etna looks stunning, but possibly too wide for that site. Everything here seems to get a lot larger than anything I've ever grown in the UK! And much faster.


the hibiscus looks like a very string contender, will have a good look. 


Does anybody know of a lilac that would thrive in that spot, or do they only tolerate full sun?

South of France best shrubs for east facing wall

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 17:21

Thanks ladybird, will have a look! Problem around here apparently is that local nurseries have a limited selection and lovely UK specialist nurseries don't ship abroad!

South of France best shrubs for east facing wall

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.


any ideas?

Please ID this one for me!

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 15:18

I only recall him telling me that it gets very large and can't stay in a pot for long!


Sadly he has moved ab and I can't contact him :-(


The leaves have fine hairs all over them which sting if brushed, so seem irritant.


apparently it loves full sun and flowers profusely all summer too.


any ideas?





GW iplayer not working

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 16:37

Thanks all!

Is there such plants

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 23:18

Let's hear it for shade lovers!

What Tree?

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 22:46

Just a thought, but could you also consider a large and fast growing shrub, perhaps, instead of a tree?


Something used to competing under a tree canopy...camellia? 

GW iplayer not working

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 22:37

tuned in to catch up on iplayer, but it gives ne only the last 3 minutes and nothing else!


has anyone else had that problem tonight?


last week worked five.


i need my GW fix soon!

Plants pet owners should avoid

Posted: 29/01/2017 at 20:42

Thanks both, I guess it also depends on whether there are other plants they prefer and what they're used to.


getting a kitten this year, so may need to keep a closer eye than usual, once it starts going out.


that said, when I had my first cats years ago, I had no idea about toxic plants and always kept a peace lily in the house! Ignorance was bliss.

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