Mexican tarragon. Handsome plant, delicious in chicken salad among other
places, grows like a weed.
Sword fern. I love fern, but in zone 9B this one is too much of a good thing.
Hardy gloxinia. Striking plant with 2-inch orange tube flowers. More invasive
than mint, if that's possible.
I'm thinking thyme might be the way to go.
It depends on how much sun there is in this spot.
Thyme likes sun and well drained soil. Plus it smells rather
nice; has purplish flowers in the Summer. You can snip it back if it
gets leggy. I don't know how this would stand up to dogs, but I know
for sure that cats will go out of their way to avoid walking thru it.
If it's shady, there is periwinkle (vinca minor) ; very nice
bluish flowers in Spring and deep green leaves all Summer.
Have a good one.
On Sat, 11 Oct 2003 08:13:37 +1000, "Peter Jason"
You can try a mix of seeds to get an eclectic field?
Creeping charlie aka ground ivy aka gill o'r the ground - lovely purple
flowers in spring early summer. Very invasive
oxalis (wood sorrel or variations - the purple ones are nice)
california poppies or any annual reseeding variety of poppy (you can even
use the poppy seeds you buy for cooking - nice pink flowers).
wild flowers - any kind.
Some native plants (should be able to find seeds in any waste area side of
the road at this time of year):
large leaf Aster
Hope this helps
This fall I plan to plant equisetum in a planter built next to the pool. I am
making a larger pond and removing the pond from that planter box. That large
stand of horsetail will look beautiful and nothing will fall in the pool.
It's a structurally beautiful, jurassic plant.
Somebody far more qualified than I relays the following:
My wife has two green thumbs. By osmosis, I would suggest that if you have
sufficient sunlight and no permafrost, Lavender is an excellent choice. It
grows robustly, stays evergreen mostly, is laden with heady blossoms that
bees and butterflies crave and mass for, and, of course, perfumes the
ambient air with a soothing undertone reminiscent of white-chiffoned,
antebellum ladies sipping mint tea in the gazebo, of a sultry afternoon in
If ye have a moodier climate, Heather would be your pick, then.
Intersperse rosemarie, that woody, versatile, earthy herb. Also, salal,(N.W
groundcover, as knickeknick (Chief's smoke). A smoke tree in the center
would be good. Eschew English Ivy completely! Muttonfat Ivy's OK, though.
Of course, if you want to let it go native, get a tamer bamboo. That'll fill
it up, and quickly. Of course, it'll screen any view behind after five
years, or so. Birch trees, (also traveling roots), are attractive, as is
Those are my top picks for a horticultural island, such as you have
described. None require any maintenance, unless you are having a severe
drought with temps in excess of, say, 95f over weeks. Then, a bucket o'
water every coupla days'll do 'em.
Plant now, with a dash of fish fertilizer in the worked hole, and mulch with
bark. Come springtime, voila!
Take my english ivy. Please, please take it. You'll never have to touch it
again. it will take over that section of your yard.... and possibly
everything else also.
Certain plants in the South are referred to as "Plant it and run." Not just
kudzu, which I don't have, Japanese climbing fern and Cat's claw, which I do,
but certain ones grow so fast in the heat and humidity that you wonder if
you're going to wake up one night with a tendril around your throat, getting
I have never been across the big puddle, so no idea if this would work
- but I like Vinca minor (maagdenpalm in Dutch) - i'll try to fix a pic
herewith - it has pretty blue flowers, is evergreen - although, you
have variegated versions too - and is just a groundcover that doesn't
come any higher than about 6 cm what means you haven't got to trim it
like you would have to with grasses or bamboo :)
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Roy) wrote in message
Why do so many people have reading problem? This guy said he's in
Canada!!! The place where snow doesn't melt until summer.
I don't think any plant of one type would look good in a 10x20 area.
I'd try a combination of evergreens, shrubs and herbs.
I have a east side facing garden in a slope along the deck in zone 5.
I've found the following plants doing very well without maintenance.
--Juniper (nice evergreen, not invasive)
--Yew (Grow and spread quickly. like water and shade, evergreen, easy
to propagate. Not invasive)
--Dogwood (beautiful winter color, easy to propagate. Not invasive)
--Sumac (fall color, produces lots of suckers. They may take over the
island in a few years. Tons of them along 401. You may get them from
your neighbors for free)
--Mint (very invasive, I had to put down 5" plastic edge around to
control it. Still green now. Good for Mojito Classic)
--Day lily (Very easy to grow. Not spread as quickly as mint. But
after a few years, you'll be willing to give some of them away free of
charge to whoever wants them)
--Thyme (Just sow those $0.79 pack seeds from Home Hardware in spring
directly into your garden, and they'll grow. Put in the most sunny and
dry place in your 10'x20'. Not invasive)
--Snap dragon (Nice long bloom period. Grow directly from seed, and
reseed itself every year without your labor. Not invasive)
--French tarragon (Easy to grow, but not invasive. Not recommended
unless you want the herb)
The hostas, garden phlox, spindle tree (Control Gold), straw berries
grow very well without care. But they may not fit your bill.
Although the original posts notes that he's in Eastern Ontario, in a
Zone 5 area [and judging by his domain, over in the Ottawa area, which
most definately has a long, cold winter], Canada is by no means all
The west coast [British Columbia] is temperate rain forest, and doesn't
get much colder [if at all, brrrr!] than San Francisco!
"A cat spends her life conflicted between a deep, passionate and profound
Depending on your server and how often you are able to get to the group you
may be answering Re: (reply) to posts which may have cut to the point of not
having the information needed to respond without further information.
Basically if you are going to cut (I say this to myself as well) you should
leave sufficent information from the original posting for other people to
respond as well. So those of us asking "what zone" never saw the original
post or following posts with that information (for example I'm responding to
a re: to the person complaining about those of us not knowing the zone
because THAT post is no longer on my server (and yes I know I could go go
yahoo and track things down but I really don't have the time). So my
comment to not cutting people slack is - take a breath, lighten up. Life is
too short. (I say that to myself as well) DK
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