Articles in Category: Good for Screening

Choisya arizonica x ternata 'Aztec Pearl'

on Monday, 23 August 2010. Posted in Good for Screening, Winter Interest, Fragrant Blooms, Evergreen, Deer Resistant, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

'Aztec Pearl' Cutleaf Mexican Orange

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Here's something for that elusive 4-5' high evergreen, plus it has great fragrance and is deer resistant. This cross has much finer foliage than the straight Choisya ternata and seems less fussy on its location.  The five fingered leaves have a wonderful texture that contrast well with rounded leaf forms or purple foliage.  It is reported to get larger that 5' but in our experience it is easy to tip prune it to keep it around 4' tall and wide.  It is also reported to be hardy to Zone 8 but we have not had any problems with keeping it through the winter, even when we got to 7 degrees this past December.   The key is to place it where it gets at least some winter sun, and that the soil is well draining and doesn't get over watered.  If those needs are met, it seems very cold hardy for the Rogue Valley.  'Aztec Pearl' will take more sun than the straight species, either full sun to half a day of sun.  It looks handsome all year and especially when it has clusters of white flowers in the late spring that have a spicy, citrusy fragrance.  The leaves are poisonous which keep the deer away and can be drought tolerant once established.  

Feijoa sellowiana

on Monday, 26 July 2010. Posted in Good for Screening, Winter Interest, Attracts Pollinators, Evergreen, Edible, Deer Resistant, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Pineapple Guava

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The botanical name is difficult but you CAN grow something as tropical sounding as Pineapple Guava in your yard, plus it's drought tolerant and deer resistant- our two favorite qualitites.  Reading about it you will find that it can get quite large, but in our climate we find it will stay about 4-6' tall and wide and can be easily pruned to 4'.  Feijoa has very fresh looking, thick leaves with a silvery underside that look great with other Meditteranean themed plants or especially for highlighting purple leafed plants like Smokebush or Barberry.  The flowers are not very large and are kind of tucked into the plant but when you do see them the red stamens shine against the pale pink petals.  The flowers are edible and some customers have reported actually ripening fruit on their shrubs.  Our summers are not usually long enough but if it's placed in just the right microclimate, against a south wall, you may be able enjoy Pineapple Guava fruit.   A warm, protected microclimate with good drainage will also help it survive the winter.  Feijoa are hardy to around 10 degrees; about the same as an Escallonia, but they seem to grow back from the base if damaged.  They will take both heat and drought and the evergreen, coarse leaves discourage deer.