Well, once again not on topic. This shot shows the view across the lower slope in April with purple smoke tree in the foreground, cotinus coggygria .
Up first is Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Well’s Special’. These three are the background element in the center area of our street frontage. They are over six feet tall now and should not get much larger.
Featured in this photo are three C. pisifera ‘Boulevard’.
This close up of ‘Boulevard’ shows the soft blue color and short needle like foliage.
Here are three C. pisifera juniperoides. The one on the far right took some frost damage but is showing new growth, I think it will be all right with a little pruning next spring.
In this close up of juniperoides
is the winding stem of Killer, rosa ‘Alberic Barbier’
. Look out little chamy.
In the foreground is C. obtusa ‘Crippsii’
. It has the fern type leaf as opposed to the needle like foliage of the row of C. pisifera ‘Gold Mops’
The gold color is highlighted by whitish near the stem. The yellow color stays all year.
The gold mops is yellow in spring, greening up some during the summer and fall into winter.
Same day shot from the other end of the gold mops hedge. Some days they are greener, some days more gold. Note the arborvitae , Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’,
hedge size in the background.
Renamed silver lace vine, fallopia baldschuanica,
formerly polygonum aubertii.
This seemed like a good idea to cover the chain link fence. It has been pulled, cut and sprayed but still remains. Note how small the arborvitae hedge is at the time of this photo, 2002. Originally along the back of the garage property was a large overgrown japanese privet hedge, not touched by shears in more that ten years. The solution to the high maintenence of the privet was a row of arborvitae behind and C. pisifera ‘Gold Mops’
in front of the large existing hedge. In time both front and back shrubs would be large enough to provide privacy and the privet could go. That time has now arrived. Goodby privet. In seeking an evergreen shrub suitable for a hedge, the clan of Chamaecyparis was discovered. There have been losses due to drought, but this is a shrub I will keep adding to the garden. For easy care and diversity of growth habit and color they are hard to beat.
Looking for winter interest and ease of care,
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