A New Focal Point !
A few years ago I expanded the footprint of my driveway garden bed . Since then I've been tweaking and revising the contents but the changes made this spring are a pivot from the plan I had in mind last fall. Those of us on small suburban lots are often at the mercy of our neighbors choices and thus far neighbor planted (or removed) trees have been my biggest challenge. It seems like I'm always bouncing around between a shade garden and a sun garden along my back fence line. At least I'm always open to any opportunity to buy more plants.
After close to 25 years with the same neighbors next door, I have newbies and when one has had excellent long term neighbors there's always a bit of anxiety about the unknown. What I didn't expect was a new rather obtrusive focal point/borrowed view for my driveway garden.
Needless to say, screening plants are on the agenda. The first has already gone in Leucodendron galpinii 'Silver Cone' which was lucky to find at a nursery in Novato. It will top out at 6-8 ft tall by 4 to 6 wide and it's great to use in arrangements too.You can see it installed here in front of the second bin from the left.
If you point the camera just right you can almost pretend they aren't there !
I already have a Leucodendron 'More Silver' which will help when it fills out a bit more and I'm pondering what the 3rd shrub will be-preferably something with dark foliage to contrast with all the glaucus foliage in this bed. In the meantime , I've planted 18 of my seed grown Queen series Zinnias throughout this garden bed which should at least provide some distraction while I continue my search.