My Dream List for Landscape Plant Material
I’d like to see the nursery production industry make some newsworthy new offerings to supplement the amazing variety plants from which we have to choose. Here is my dream list from an ornamental landscape designer’s perspective. I understand I am asking too much, but it would be great to see more of these plants in the trade. Do you have anything to add to the list?
• Smaller, shorter cultivars of native tall shrubs that would be serviceable in ornamental landscapes.
• Any woody plant material that grows well and stays under two feet tall—something to use under windows in foundation plantings that isn’t a Juniper. The current short list selection for sun is either not very vigorous or invasive. An extensive selection of one-and-a-half-foot shrubs could bring back parterre gardens!
• Any sturdy, woody, evergreen plant material that grows well and stays under three feet tall—something to make a nice, perfect, low hedge without the pruning commitment. I’m tired of pruning.
• Anything that grows narrow and stays under six feet tall—something interesting with some slim height to plant adjacent to a front door—more ‘Dorothy Wycoff’ Pieris types.
• Something dense and evergreen for deep shade. Aucuba sp. and Morella sp. need some company to compete with trees in heavy, dry shade. We need more Cast-Iron-Plant types.