Monday, May 01, 2006


Five years on, we are still waffling over the what to do with a gap in the shrubs along the property line on the deck side of the house. If only we had planted 5 years ago, we'd have well established shrubs in there now, but as we can't make up our minds, we still have a big gap (formerly a canoe rack lived there).

Part of the dilemma is the differing needs of the plants on either side of the gap. Toward the driveway end, we have a row of mature arborvitae providing excellent screening and good housing for backyard birds. Behind the freestanding deck, we have an old hedge of white lilacs. The arborvitae are conifers preferring acidic soil; the lilacs deciduous woodies with a taste for sweet soil. What to meet in the middle?

Part of the reson this has become more of a priority is the construction of our new deck, which sits in full view of the gap. The other part of the reason is that our neighbors have mentioned they plan on building a deck which will also be directly in line with the gap -- and that their kitchen renovation includes new lighting that hits us directly in the eyes in the evening.

So what to do? The spot gets morning sun and shade in the afternoon, and is fairly protected. My latest thinking is perhaps a holly hedge, but I'm open to ideas....

1 comment:

Talbin said...

You could always try some edible native plants. I'm not sure about what's native to Maine, but here in Minnesota that might include cranberry (with a bonus of bright red fall foliage), a serviceberry variety (although many are pretty large), hazelnut, or elder.

I've been looking into native shrubs for myself, which is why they come to mind. If I can get Spouse motivated before fishing opener, I hope to plant a hedgerow of edible natives this spring in front of the fence around our vegetable garden.