Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Terrace talk - end of summer review
We are at the end of September now and therefore nearly at the end of summer - although the temperatures are still in the mid 20s and no rain in sight. So how did the new plants get on during the long, hot summer? I never watered any of them more than once every 10 days and some never at all. Out of around 1,000 plants I think that I have lost no more than 10 - which is less than 1% failure rate. Not too bad - but now I have to plan what extra plants to put in to make the effect complete. The choice is going to be of course from the first group as follows.
Plants that never got watered and still did well: Abelia, Eurphorbia, Gaura, Santolina, Helianthum, Helichrysum, Teucrium, Lavender, Pistacia, Buddleia, Caryopteris, Mytus (small), Phlomis, Perovskia, Spirea, Ceanothus, Elaeganus macrophylla, Vitex agnus-castus.
Plants that only needed watering during the first month then were alright without: Cistus, Rosmarinus, Euonymus, Philadephus, Holm Oak, Laburnum, Arbutus, Verbena Bonariensis, Salvia nemorosa, Echinops.
Plants that seemed to be fine without water all summer but got distressed in the last couple of weeks: Senecio, Hypericum, some roses.
Plants that were surprisingly needy, especially if they were large specimens: Ulex, Pomegranate, Viburnum tinus, Laurus, Feijoa, Myrtus (large).