Re: [gardeners] Landscaping

Ron Hay (
Thu, 21 Oct 1999 07:52:48 -0700

Good morning, Harry,

Have you considered azaleas as a possible choice of low growing shrubs? Have
you considered interspersing some daylillies (stella de oro comes to mind),
or a mixed array/color of calla lillies. All of those seem do do well in my
locale in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, where winters tend to be mild, with
only one or two freezes per rainy season. We are zone 9+, Sunset zone 21.

Ron Hay,
Van Nuys, CA

Harry Boswell wrote:

> 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  :-)
> Harry