[gardeners] Landscaping

Harry Boswell (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 21 Oct 1999 09:17:02 -0500

Hi folks,

I haven't had much to say lately, so I thought I'd grace y'all
with a little something  ;-)

As you may remember, I've removed all the shrubs from the front
of the house.  There's a 12-foot cleyera on the side that I haven't
tackled yet, but it'll come down next week after I get back from North
Carolina.  I've built a retaining wall around the south end of the house,
and I've added dirt and stuff to bring it up to level.  The only thing
I've planted are 2 "Natchez" crepe myrtles, in the center of each
side of the front.  I'm wanting to add a few low shrubs around each
crepe myrtle, but I'm haveing trouble deciding what I want.  It's
got to be low growing (< 2 feet, preferably);  i would really like a
color other than green, at least sometimes, so I'm thinking in
terms of maybe a lorepetalum, or Harbor Dwarf nandina, or
maybe pygmy crimson barberry.  I'm still looking.  I'll be planting
lots of bulbs in the new beds over the next few weeks, except
for the tulips - those have to be refrigerated for 6-8 weeks here
before planting.  I'm considering building a small structure, sort
of a half-arbor, at each corner of the house for a vine of some sort.
But I'm not in a rush, so I may end up mulching most of it and waiting 
for spring and more inspiration.

Tomorrow morning, we make our annual trek to Duke University to
visit our daughter, so maybe I'll walk around the Sarah Duke Gardens
and get some ideas  :-)