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The right fence border


The strip of lawn down the right side of our house is narrow – only about eight feet between the wall and the privacy fence. It is home to the air conditioning units (around which I array various garden supplies) as well as the brick-built compost bins and a plastic shed, so it has a decidedly utilitarian air. Mowing is very difficult around the concrete pad supporting the AC units, so it's also usually overgrown with lush tall grass – better not to talk about that part of the garden too much.

From aforementioned shed backwards toward the back fence, the lawn area becomes a little wider, before opening up to the backyard. This area is a little more usable for gardening, so here the fence has a continuous garden border as its companion. The stretch alongside the house is still rather utilitarian – it is a nursery area where I grow on seedlings that prefer a bit more shade (sun-loving seedlings go into the nursery areas in the left fence border). I've come to learn that this is also the drainage superhighway for the right side of the house, so despite my attempts to build up the soil level and add sand for better drainage, these nursery areas still get too wet for many plants to thrive. So I'll continue to work on that...

The nursery areas terminate about where the strip opens up to the backyard, where a jujube tree and an unruly patch of thornless blackberry dominate the picture. The border continues with mixed shrub and perennial plantings, up to the point where the rigth fence meets up with the back fence, at a corner where a live oak reigns supreme. At that point, the border seemlessly blends into the back fence border. For the purpose of keeping track of what lives where, everything planted to the right of our rock garden is assigned to the right fence border (yes, I'm very serious about my garden organization, even if Amy wishes I were more serious about managing its inhabitants).

So in all, the right fence border isn't the most exciting part of the garden, but it completes the picture, and has some interesting plants (a list of which you'll find below).

Currently growing in our right fence border

Cephalotaxus harringtonii (Japanese plum yew)
Cestrum aurantiacum (yellow cestrum; orange cestrum)
Chlorophytum saundersiae (shooting star lily)
Clerodendrum x speciosum 'Red Wine' (bleeding heart vine; glory bower)
Distylium 'Cinnamon Girl'
Eucalyptus citriodora (lemon gum tree)
Gomphrena decumbens 'Little Grapes' (globe amaranth; airy bachelor's buttons)
Habranthus robustus (Argentine rain lily)
Iris x louisiana (Louisiana iris)
Jasminum sambac 'Maid of Orleans' (Arabian jasmine)
Kalanchoe beharensis x tomentosa 'Fang' (elephant's ear kalanchoe; velvet-leaf kalanchoe)
Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant' (summer snowflake)
Liriope muscari (lilyturf)
Lysimachia congestiflora (creeping Jenny)
Nolina texana (bear grass, sacahuista)
Polianthes tuberosa (tuberose)
Quercus virginiana (southern live oak)
Rivina humilis (pigeonberry; rouge plant)
Rubus fruticosus 'Ouachita' (blackberry)
Russelia equisetiformis (scarlet firecracker plant; coral plant)
Salvia roemeriana (cedar sage)
Scadoxus multiflorus (African blood lily; powderpuff lily)
Selaginella braunii (arborvitae fern)
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (coralberry)
Thunbergia grandiflora (blue sky vine)
Trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine; confederate jasmin)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Ziziphus jujuba 'Sihong' (jujube; Chinese date)

Currently growing in the right fence nursery area - zone A

Asphodelus aestivus (white asphodel; summer asphodel)
Dierama igneum (angel's fishing rod, fairy wands)

Currently growing in the right fence nursery area - zone B

Alstroemeria ligtu (Peruvian lily)
Dierama trichorhizum (fairy wand)
Freesia laxa 'Joan Evans'
Gypsophila oldhamiana (Manchurian baby's breath)
Hesperoxiphion peruvianum
Iris domestica (blackberry lily)
Moraea polyanthos

Currently growing in the right fence nursery area - zone C

Alstroemeria ligtu (Peruvian lily)
Bulbine frutescens
Calycanthus floridus (Carolina allspice; sweetshrub)
Dipcadi serotinum
Freesia laxa 'Joan Evans'
Gladiolus dalenii
Watsonia vanderspuyae

Currently growing in the right fence nursery area - zone D

Albuca shawii

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Last modified: June 27, 2020
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