The left fence border
Along most of the length of the fence between our home and the neighbors to
our left runs our unimaginatively named left fence border. The border
completes (or starts, depending on your point of view) the line of garden that
separates our ugly bermudagrass lawn from the functional fence that hems us
in. The line separating the border from the yard swerves around a bit, giving the
plantable area a maximum depth of about seven feet at the point where we
planted our Texas persimmon, and down to about three feet at the narrowest.
I'm sure that line will change through the years, as my plant lust gets the
better of me and I need more space. But for now, there's plenty of room.
The border will eventually be defined primarily by its trees. We planted
several, all still fairly small. Way on the left, in the lawn well beyond
the actual border even, is a Virginia pine
that we purchased as a winter house plant. It should do OK here, so I gave
it a home outside when it had served its purpose indoors. It is quite
small, and does not seem inclined to grow very fast, which is fine by me
– its mature size is almost certainly too large for the space it's in.
Next in line to the right, in the lawn area just outside of the border, is
an Exbucklandia populnea, an Asian tree we
bought on a whim as a small specimen, enchanted by its duck's-foot leaves. It
too will grow too large for its allotted space (we didn't realize its mature
size until we returned home from the nursery). I'll deal with that as it comes.
Continuing along the line, there's a Hercules club,
a thorny native with wildlife benefits, and also a sizeable tree at maturity;
followed by a showy senna (also a butterfly
The middle of the border is reserved for the Texas
persimmon, a small tree that I admired when visiting Mercer Arboretum in
Houston and tracked down at a local native nursery. It should eventually
produce fruit, but again is probably of more value to wildlife than to human
Further to the right follows a huisache, a
ferny-leaved small acacia tree that should give us yellow puffballs to admire in early
The border is rounded out by two fig trees in the back corner that were
among the earliest plantings in our brand-new garden. The Celeste and Brown
Turkey varieties haven't given us much fruit to snack on yet, but this is
their year of getting established; we're counting on a better harvest next
In between all these trees and shrubs is a small assortment of herbaceous
plants – several salvias, a blue butterfly clerodendrum, and a few
miscelleneous plants I'm growing on from cuttings. It should achieve a bit more
of a full look by mid-2018.
Currently growing in our left fence border
November 21, 2017