As luck would have it, I stopped at HD to pick up light bulbs and they were officially recognizing spring. Finally, a whole lot of plants going on.
In celebration, two Carolina Jessamine/Gelsemium sempervirens, a Service Berry (Amelanchier canadensis) and a variegated Yucca stepped out with me. That native plants are for sale at a big box store always surprises me, but the Service berry knocked me over. You usually find Service Berry at specialty nurseries not a diy center.
Carolina Jessamine will do nicely here. It already has made itself at home and is blooming in a sunny spot near a den window. It might be just the plant to start to bring the patio garden back to life. I wrote in an earlier post that this part of the garden was ignored by me after construction pretty much destroyed it. This photo shows the retainer wall and the steps that take you into the back garden. (Oops, there are those hand pruners!)
The Carolina Jessamine will look beautiful on the stone retaining wall. I think it will soften the wall, look spectacular in bloom and the evergreen will be a boon in the winter. I am hoping it will cooperate and drape over the wall. There will probably be some sprawl into the bed but pruning ought to keep it in bounds. Do you think this might be a good spot?
The other Carolina Jessamine will be planted on a trellis to provide a focal point on the plain brick wall of our house. CJ is already growing on a small trellis about 15 feet away (planted last year). I like the balance the two trellises will provide and the wall needs the evergreen vine.
What do you think of the little trellis? I made it from bush honeysuckle limbs.
The taller one is a test...I haven't completed it yet! ...
I usually use these gail made trellises to support annual vines, it may be pushing it to grow Carolina Jessamine. The life expectancy of a honeysuckle trellis is about 5 years. A good end for a bad plant!
This is one of those decisions that could be nice in the short run but a BIG problem when the trellis crumbles apart. Hmm, what to do , what to do?
Does anyone with Carolina Jessamine have any thoughts?
Stay tuned for more on the Carolina jessamine, service berry and yucca! And in honor of St. Pat's Day here is some moss from the wet area in the back yard!