We’ve been thinking about this for a few months now. We have a number of large gardening planters in the middle of our Level D deck here at Horizon House. There have been Redbud trees, Cercis canadensis, growing in them. At the moment, they have been literally chopped down! This happened in the early summer, and like all good cut back trees, they are sprouting valiantly, trying to re-establish themselves. However, they are doomed to failure!
The trees have filled their rather large containers with roots, meaning there is barely space for anything else, and the trees are running out of space. It’s time for a “re-start”. Also, the planters are leaking from the bottom. This creates dangerous, slippery, green streaks all over the decks. That is NOT a good environment for folks with walking challenges. So, the planters will be emptied, resurfaced, refilled with soil…and NEW trees!
At this point, all the gardeners are thinking about which kind of tree might replace the Redbuds. We could of course, put more Redbuds in there. They are really a south eastern tree…but they have certainly been good here for us as well. Another thought might be Crape Myrtles, Lagerstroemia faurei. Here’s a picture of one of those from the Clemson University website.
There are a few of these blooming around our “campus” and in the greater Seattle area. They need a good deal of summer heat to bloom, so some years they will be gorgeous, others not so great.
Another small tree that has been mentioned is a Fragrant Snowbell or Styrax obassia. Here is a picture of one of those blooming.
All three of these will do well in our climate, it’s just a matter of choice. The Gardening Committee will be thinking about these, and maybe some others that come to our attention over the winter months. Hopefully the most lovely of them all will come to reside on our Level D gardens!
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