The environmentally friendly small front garden
This is the counterpart of the Grey front garden and was inspired by the RHS campaign Greening Grey Britain. The terrace paving is not pointed and therefore permeable and the log pile supports invertebrates. Also the perennials generally support pollinating insects
Carex ‘Irish Green’
Carex ‘Irish Green’ – sedge ‘Irish Green’
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’ – bluebeard ‘Heavenly Blue’
Digiplexis ‘Falcon Fire’
Digiplexis ‘Falcon Fire’ – tender foxglove ‘Falcon Fire’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – paniculate hydrangea ‘Limelight’
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’ – oak-leaved hydrangea [Snow Queen]
Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’
Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ – sweet gum ‘Worplesdon’
Broad-crowned medium-sized deciduous tree with five-lobed, maple-like leaves which turn to deep orange and yellow in autumn. Flowers insignificant. Swampy woods which are often inundated annually and on rich bottom lands. Eastern N. America – Connecticut to Florida, west to Texas and Illinois.
12 m + H x 8 m +
Pest and diseases usually trouble-free. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.
Oenothera lindheimeri Karalee White (‘Nugauwhite’)
Oenothera lindheimeri Karalee White (‘Nugauwhite’) – gaura [Karalee White]
Thymus vulgaris – common thyme
T. vulgaris is a bushy dwarf shrub with small, linear to ovate, aromatic, dark grey-green leaves, and terminal spikes of small, whorled, white or pink flowers in early summer. Dry slopes, rocks and maquis. . Always found on clay or limestone soils. W Mediterranean.
0.1-0.5 m H x 0.1-0.5 m W
Generally pest and disease free.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by bees, flies, Lepidoptera (moths & butterflies).
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.
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