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May 16, 2012 6:12 PM CST
|I noticed there are no use categories for: Arbor/Trellis (required for vines, climbers, scramblers); Espalier (number of fruit trees and ornamentals can be espaliered); Topiary (yep, people really do this); Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree (or is that subsumed under "Flowering Tree"?)|
Is there any particular reason why they aren't included? Could they be?
May 16, 2012 7:15 PM CST
|No feelings here about it one way or the other. But I thought I'd mention that if there's ever anything that you want to add (like requires trellis) but there's no option, you can always add it as a comment.|
May 16, 2012 7:43 PM CST
|Hi Monica, I like the idea adding something to address plants which do best with support. I remember asking Zuzu about my Evangeline rose and discovering the various roses which require support. Would you mind elaborating on "Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree". Are you referring to suitable for potting?|
May 16, 2012 8:45 PM CST
|Evan, maybe "Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree" is used more in the South. It could be a container plant or in ground, like Brugmansia (Angel Trumpet) or some citrus here in 9b. It's the size and function rather than where it's planted that makes it that category.|
Typically, it's a tree (or shrub trained to 1-2 trunks) no more than 10'-12' that could be incorporated into a border (or on the patio) without overwhelming other plants, or be a focal point for mixed plantings. To try to put it in more Northern terms, my friend in Minnesota has the dwarf ornamental crab apple 'Cinderella' - it's very slow growing and reaches maybe 8' at maturity with a little dense rounded crown. It's the centerpiece of that bed with other shrubs and perennials supporting the design (doesn't that sound la-de-dah). That would be an example of the category. You might use a dwaf-ish conifer in the same way, like Thuja 'DeGroot's Spire'. On the other hand, Thuja 'Green Giant' wouldn't fit.
Here's an example of Brugmansia (a Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree). Notice that it doesn't terribly shade other plants, nor be out of proportion (I hope)
The more I explain, the more confusing it sounds! But does that help at all?
May 16, 2012 9:08 PM CST
|Hi Monica, Thanks for the very clear description and I find the proportions pleasing. |
May 16, 2012 9:50 PM CST
May 22, 2012 8:09 AM CST
|The nice thing about our "Uses" area is we can add a lot of items.|
I have added under "Uses" Espalier, Topiary, and "Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree".
May 22, 2012 8:42 AM CST
| Thanks Dave.|
May 22, 2012 9:09 AM CST
|Happily, and thank you for the ideas!|
May 22, 2012 11:31 AM CST