Corylus avellana 'Contorta.' (Warning: X-Long)
Harry Lauder's Walking Stick .. Anyone have one planted in a drought resistant setting? I am trying to design a water thrifty perennial garden and include a Corylus avellana 'Contorta' as well as others. I am _terrible_ at the design part. Such as:
(1) How do you 'design' when plant heights vary so much? Only as an example: how do you plant Centranthus ruber 'Coccineus' 24"-36" H. x 30" with Eryngium Sapphire BlueÂ 24-36" H. x 36" when the height of either can vary 12". Wrong choice would make things look lopsided, wouldn't it?
(2) I have no VISION without actually seeing, and have trouble getting my mind to do 'drifts' and not doing the easy thing... 'little soldiers in a row'...
but... I think I have a pretty good selection of plants. I would love to see more photos of drought resistant gardens, and especially with Corylus avellana included. Not much on the net especially suitable for 'front foundation'. I'm so hoping that if I have enough information as well as visuals, it won't look a total mess.
The specific location I've got to fill faces east and is in the front 'foundation' of my home. I have only gardens in the front area and no intention of putting in lawn. The area is to the south of the porch and measures 12' deep runs the remaining 24' of the house. It continues around the south side of the house in a rounded wedge approximately 16' long by 10'-13' deep or so. . The S.E. corner of the bed is vacant except for one Agastache and even that can be moved. The remaining continuing to around the west is the daylily seedling bed portion. So, not much set in stone... measurement for garden can be changed. The thing is that I am rapidly approaching a decade past the half century mark.. (can't bare to say the numbers on that one) but the point here is that I donÂt know if I'll be able to do major plant re-arranging for too many years longer.
The couple of plants that I plan to use that are not water thrifty will be in special locations (near water spigot) with their needs for water and/or improved soil taken fully into consideration.
My (long) list of plants copied and pasted from a word document, (any plant can be used or omitted, except probably 'Harry'!):
Plant 'pickin' list:
numbers in front of names are the actual plants available at this point.
X = using, or elsewhere preferred
(~) = many individuals can be 'made'
(2) Agastache cana 'Rosita' 24" x 30"
(2) Agastache 'Desert Sunrise'Â® 40-48" x 24" (Mine actually ended up being 5' H. x 7' W. after 3-4 years growth)
x Buddleia davidii 'Queen's Robe' 6'-8' tall. x 4' apt.
(1) Centranthus ruber 'Coccineus' 24"-36" x 30"
(3) Chrysanthemum superbum Snowcap 12-15 x 12-14
(3) Coreopsis rosea Sweet Dreams 18" x 20" apt.
(1) Corylus avellana 'Contorta.' Harry Lauder's Walking Stick 8'-10' X 8Â X 10Â
(~) Delosperma cooperi Hardy Ice Plant 3" x 18"
(~) Delosperma nubigenum Hardy Yellow Ice Plant. 2" x 24"
(2) Eryngium ÂSapphire BlueÂ 24-36" x 36"
(~) Gaillardia 'Fanfare' 12- 24 x 15
(3) Gaura lindheimeri ÂPink CloudÂ 30" 48"x 12-18"
(1) Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' 2-3Â x 2-3Â
(~) Geranium 'Johnson's Blue' 15-18x 18"
(~) Geranium sanguineum bloody geranium 18" x 24"
(~) Hemerocallis = Most height to 36Â
(~) Iris pallida 'Variegata' 24-30" x 12"
(~) Kniphofia Uvaria ÂRed Hot PokerÂ 24-36 x12-15" apt.
(1) Lonicera brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' 12Â
(1) Lonicera x heckrottii 'Pink Lemonade' 10Â Â 20Âx 30-36"
x (~) Marrubium rotundifolium Silver Edged Horehound 10" x 18"
(1) Origanum libanoticumCascading Ornamental 18" x 18"
(2-6) Penstemon barbatus 'Rondo Mix' 2' h x 14" apt.
x Penstemon cardinalis 24-28"x 15"
x Penstemon digitalis 'Husker's Red' 24" - 36"x 12"- 24"
x (1) Penstemon mexicali 'Red Rocks' 18" hx 15"
(4) Penstemon strictusRocky Mountain 24" x 36" 14" apt.
(1) Penstemon tubaeflorus 30-36" hx 15"
(1) Rosa ÂSunspriteÂ 24 Â36" x 36"
Rosa - several seedlings of different shapes. DT and well behaved 'florabunda?' shrub types
(3) Salvia nemorosa May Night 18"h x 18"
(1) Salvia x sylvestris'Rose Queen' 12- 24" hx 24"
(1) Scabiosa columbaria ÂButterfly Blue' 12-15 h x12-15"
(5) Scabiosa caucasica ÂHouse MixÂ 24"-30" x 15" apt.
(10) Sedum alboroseum ÂMediovariegatumÂ 16-20 hx 12-18
(10) Sedum 'Autumn Joy' 18"x 24"
(10) Sedum Hylotelephium ÂMatronaÂ 24-36 hx18-24"
(1) Spirea ÂLittle PrincessÂ 18- 30"x24 36" mound
(~) Viburnum trilobum
Plants that I also wouldn't mind having somewhere in one of the gardens are: Hesperaloe (sp?), Lychnis coronaria (Old Fashioned Rose Campion), more penstemon and Agastache. I am not too interested in grasses because, from what I have read, division is usually necessary at some point and can be difficult/hard/heavy work. Since I grow daylily seedlings I have enough splitten' to do.
Any suggestions, warnings, other discussion and/or PHOTOS would truly be appreciated.