|Tall Oregon Grape|
My long term plan for the boulevard is to suppress most, if not all, of the grass and replace all of the pyrcantha, photinia and holly with native plants. I may have to leave a small, tightly controlled, patch of himalayan blackberries or risk the wrath of my children. You might have noticed in the Tall Oregon Grape picture that after digging a wide hole for the plants I covered the surrounding grass. I used recycled coffee bean bags, which you can see sticking out around the edges, and spread a layer of compost over top. The coffee bean bags will rot fairly quickly, but hopefully with a good layer of compost I can keep the grass down long enough to make sure that the plants get a good start. I will definitely be off to the Swan Lake Native Plant Sale again in the fall for more Tall Oregon Grapes and possibly another Indian Plum. It is a good thing for my bank account that the sales are only twice a year and I tend to ignore other plant sales...so far.