The functional front garden contributing little to a healthy environment
A front garden with too much impermeable paving and poor habitat plants that the southern end
Aesculus hippocastanum ‘Baumannii’
Aesculus hippocastanum ‘Baumannii’ – Baumann’s horse chestnut
Photinia × fraseri ‘Red Robin’
Photinia × fraseri ‘Red Robin’ – Christmas berry ‘Red Robin’
‘Red Robin’ is a dense medium-sized evergreen shrub of erect habit, with glossy, elliptic leaves to 10cm in length, bright red when young, later dark green. Flowers creamy-white, rather sparse.
2.5-4 m H x 2.5-4 m W
The leaves may be eaten by vine weevil and it may be affected by fireblight and a leaf spot.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ – cherry laurel ‘Otto Luyken’
‘Otto Luyken’ is a spreading evergreen shrub to 1m tall, with dense, low growth, and narrow, glossy dark green leaves. Flowers small, white in erect racemes; fruits cherry-like, red turning glossy black. E. Europe to W. Asia. More or less naturalized in Britain
0.5-1 m H x 1-1.5 m W
Leaves may be damaged by vine weevil and leaf-mining moths and also by powdery mildews and other laurel leaf diseases
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf all year, in flower from April to June, and the seeds ripen in September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by bees, lepidoptera (moths & butterflies). It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate strong winds but not maritime exposure. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.
Symphoricarpos ‘Magical Sweet’
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