Shrubs now marginally tender that may be commonly seen in the future
This area at the back of the Universal Window Box is designed to form a back ground to the Balance Garden as seen from the surrounding paths.
Fuchsia hatschbachii – Hatschbach’s fuchsia
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis – Yunnan liquorice
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Wim’s Red’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Wim’s Red’ – paniculate hydrangea ‘Wim’s Red’
A deciduous shrub, to 2m tall, with toothed green leaves. Strong, branching, red-tinted stems carry 30cm long, cone-shaped flower clusters from spring into autumn. The flowers change colour from white in spring through pink in summer before maturing to a wine-red in autumn. H paniculata thrives in bamboo scrub, open forests and by streams. Sparse forests or thickets in valleys or on mountain slopes or tops, at elevations of 300 – 2100 metres in China. E. Asia – China, Japan.
1.5-2.5 m H x 1.5-2.5 m W
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.
Mespilus germanica – common medlar
M. germanica is a spreading small tree or large shrub with oblong leaves turning yellow-brown in autumn, and white flowers 5cm in width in late spring, followed by brown fruit 5cm across. It is native primarily to woodland and scrub areas from south-eastern Europe to central Asia.
4-8m H x 4-8m W
Pests – aphids and caterpillars may be a problem
Diseases – may be affected by brown rot and powdery mildews
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen in November. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.
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