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Post by TamaraNicole on 24th May 2014, 8:44 pm

Well, i come to you for advice.

I have been looking for the perfect plant for years now and just can't seem to find it.

We live on a small wooden house, up on a hill, facing south. We have a great deck, fulls exposed south. I am looking for kind of a mediterranean feel to it, i've already got a lemon tree that likes it there.

The thing is, the deck is very public.. Everyone going by has a great view on whatever we are doing there... I would like a little privacy without building a wall!

My neighbour (who is a gardener), suggested olive tree. It would look really lovely but would it go through the winter without being take inside (i hardly have enough room for the lemon tree..).

Anything like grasses won't do cause my husband is allergic.

I thought of prunus laurocerasus but anything toxic is not the best with my little toddler at home.

Any suggestions i could look into?
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Post by Chilli-head on 25th May 2014, 9:16 am

When you mention screening and Mediterranean, I think vines and bougainvillea ... but I don't know whether your climate would put them in the same category as the olive and lemon - there are some pretty hardy lemon varieties about though.

My usual approach is to nosey in other people's gardens nearby - if it works for them it may be ok for me. In my experience it's a thankless task trying to grow a plant where it is not really happy !

How cold are your winters ? Is it very wet ? Wet winters can be worse than cold for some things.
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Post by Dandelion on 25th May 2014, 10:03 am

I was thinking about a screen of rosemary, which is fairly hardy - I grow a plant near to my washing line so that sheets brush it as they dry and smell lovely. It's a plant from the Med, so should be OK

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Post by TamaraNicole on 25th May 2014, 6:00 pm

You guys got great suggestions! I have not thought of them.

Rosmary would actually be very nice, i'll look into it when i get a moment.

Chilli-head, i do not have anything to support the climbing vine or bougainvillea, but they do look Nice too!

Winter here can vary a lot. In 2012 we had a -20 C, this winter minimum was -5 C. Not much snow or rain this year either.

I really need to get my outdoors look nice, it now seems like we are in the middle of construction which is of course not the case..

Off now to water my vegetables.
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Post by Ploshkin on 26th May 2014, 9:52 pm

I don't know many Mediterranean type plants - I'm better with cold, wet, windy, boggy, shade loving plants.
Could you grow a screen of sweet corn for the summer?'
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Post by freebird on 26th May 2014, 10:15 pm

TamaraNicole wrote:

Anything like grasses won't do cause my husband is allergic.

Does that include bamboo, Tamara? It doesn't really have a 'Mediterranean' feel to it, but it will grow up quite quickly in pots.
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Post by TamaraNicole on 27th May 2014, 10:12 am

Ploshkin, i was actually looking into sunflowers yesterday evening! Sweet corn? Will have a look!

freebird, one of my options was bamboo cause it doesn't flower here so no risk of allergies. But i saw it at some place we went and it was a mess, leaves all over the place. Don't really need all that extra cleaning.

I was looking at Romneya coulteri yesterday and fell in love with it as i love poppies!
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Post by TamaraNicole on 31st May 2014, 2:51 pm

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Here is a pic for you guys to see what i am talk inch about.
I finally called a friend who owns a flower/landscape business, he is going to look into it. Hopefully i'll have an after pic soon!
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Post by Dandelion on 31st May 2014, 5:23 pm

Looking forward to seeing it T! (It looks as if you're having the same cloud and rain that we are here!)

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