Behind my "Betty" Magnolia tree (at left) is a neighbors' larger Japanese Magnolia. They bloom at the same time, and though slightly different colors, they blend into one mass of pink. They also work in concert to block a very large home two lots away, at least spring-fall (both are deciduous). Our Magnolia was purchased after an old apple tree that was here finally bit the dust (splitting in half during "snowmageddon"). We placed it where it would provide a barrier between our home and patio and the neighbors' homes and patios. In the center, a crepe myrtle gives an extra pop of hot pink in summer, fitting right in with my color scheme. To the right, we have a perfect view of green. The tall oak is majestic, and the hollies are always full of birds.
|Another pop of color I like--the day lilies peeking over the fence|
We're addressing this corner with our own holly tree. When the lilac in front of it looses its leaves, it will be nice to have a backdrop of green.
Up to the other corner, where a cherry laurel just appeared one day--after some lax grass cutting, I suppose. It grew so fast and was in such a good spot, we decided to keep it. I have discussed it with the neighbor, and he seems to be fine with it. I hope he likes the shade it provides, and because it is deciduous, he gets full sun in winter. It has the bonus of providing a barrier to our busy street.
There is one last opening, and I have the perfect plant in mind--a bottlebrush buckeye--if I can just find one! In addition to filling this space, it will block the neighbor's window and my compost pile.