Do you have a blank wall that you just don’t know what to do with? My house has great curb appeal. But the first thing you see as you approach my house is this end wall. This big brick wall, with its one tiny window and all the utilities.
Pretty ugly, blah and boring. So, early on, I came up with a plan to give this end of the house some curb appeal. It has been in the works now for a couple of years, but it’s still not obvious from the road yet. I am thinking maybe by next summer it should start to make an impact.
I decided I wanted evergreens to break up the expanse of bricks. So I began my search at all the nurseries in Birmingham for Italian Cypress trees with absolutely no luck. My favorite nursery suggested a substitute so I bought 7 and planted them. That evening I did some online research to remind me what kind of trees I had bought, (and of course I’ve forgotten again) and discovered that they would not work at all for my plan. These trees would grow 10′ wide and I had planted them 3′ apart! Nope. Nope. Nope. I dug every one of them up and transplanted them to the outskirts of our 1 acre yard.
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Then I searched online and found the trees I wanted at Fast Growing Trees. (not affiliated) I waited until they had their 1/2 price sale and order 7 Italian Cypress trees. They arrived in great shape.
The next step in my plan was for some old fashion color with hydrangeas. I moved several tiny ones in front of the cypress trees and I have had a time keeping them watered and alive, but I think they are finally established and are going to make it.
This is the same plant, above, shortly after it was planted, and below, this summer. I think this will be a show stopper next year.
Next, I decided to add a bit of English vibe to go along with the Italian flavor going on. I planted a whole flat of creeping fig to grow on the side of the house. Ivies can cause damage to the brick and mortar but creeping fig is suppose to be safe.
My next plan is to transplant some small growing gardenias here in front of the hydrangeas. I think this will be a great combination. But it will have to wait until cooler weather. Nothing will survive a transplant right now.
Here are a few current pictures. I can hardly wait to see what it looks like in one more year. And then again in two more years.
The Italian Cypress trees have grown a lot and are really starting to look good. The creeping fig isn’t visible from any distance yet, but I can just imagine it covering half the wall! And then when all the hydrangea are blooming……. *swoon*
Want more ideas? You might like this article COOL PLANTS FOR HOT WALLS from Nursery Management.