This parking strip garden in Portland, OR is a tough and resilient composition for full sun that has good year-round structure thanks to Bupleurum fruticosum and Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem', but it also provides a very long season of bloom with the addition of easy care perennials like Geranium 'Rozanne' and Coreopsis ‘Zagreb'.
The plant-geeky among you will notice there're some pretty common plants included in this combo. Yup, guess I'm a champion for the common plant. But everyday plants like the tickseed coreopsis and Geranium ‘Rozanne’ are widely grown for good reason: they’re low maintenance, extremely reliable and easy to grow.
But with this solid foundation, we’re on good footing to introduce a couple of connoisseur-pleasing additions to our plant palette. Bupleurum fruticosum is a great shrub for a tough spot and deserves a much wider audience. Chartreuse dill-like blooms in summer are a bee magnet and the evergreen leathery foliage is handsome year-round. Cupressus ‘Totem' is a compact, especially tall and narrow variety of Italian cypress. It can be a bit hard to find in nurseries, but worth seeking out. If C. ‘Totem' proves elusive, C. 'Tiny Towers' is a good stand-in and much easier to locate.
This quartet strikes a pleasing balance between bloom and structure and is a water-wise planting combination that can take the heat and look great doing it.
This sturdy evergreen shrub with handsome leathery foliage and a cast iron constitution is covered in dill-shaped chartreuse blooms in summer. Cut back in spring to maintain compact and attractive habit. Blooms on new growth, so no worries.
She's a popular gal for good reason: well-mannered, reliable, and pretty too! Cut back after each round of bloom and she'll likely repeat bloom for you, plus be a bit more tidy.
A compact variety of Italian cypress with a very narrow growth habit. Use as a repeated element in a small garden to introduce a strong, vertical accent in a small footprint, adding rhythm and repetition.