Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Do you have a less than attractive background wall that you hate to look at? Then perhaps you should consider planting a plant in front of that wall to add some interest and something pretty to look at. You could even have a plant in a pot if there is no land to garden in.

A great design technique is to have a plant that can get up to 6' high with other smaller plants in front of it. This will create a nice affect and will add some interest to an otherwise boring wall. Regardless of what you plant bare in mind that not all plants will work for your garden. You have to consider whether the space you have gets more sun or shade. You also have to consider how much room you have to plant in your garden. The more room you have then the more creative you can get with your plant choices however, this does not mean that you are limited with a small space. You will just be using less quantity of plants.

Below is a list of plants appropriate for this condition...

California native plants suitable for background and screening up to 6'.
  • Arctostaphylos 'Sentinel'
  • Ceanothus 'Frosty Blue'
  • Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' (right picture used with permission of www.laspilitas.com)
  • Ceanothus 'Sierra Blue'
  • Ceanothus spinosus
  • Ceanothus 'Snow Flurry'
  • Comarostaphylis diversifolia
  • Fremontia species & hybrids
  • Garrya elliptica
  • Heteromeles arbutifolia
  • Lavatera 'Purisima'
  • Mahonia 'Golden Abundance'
  • Myrica californica
  • Prunus ilicifolia
  • Prunus lyonii
  • Quercus dumosa
  • Rhamnus californica
  • Rhus integrifolia
  • Rhus ovata
  • Sambucus mexicana
  • Shepherdia argentea
  • Umbellularia californica
California friendly plants suitable for background and screening up to 6'.
  • Citrus (varies species) (below picture)
  • Euonymus japonica 'Green Spire'
  • Euonymus japonica 'Silver King'
  • Hibiscus calyphyllus
  • Ilex cornuta 'Berries Jubilee'
  • Ligustrum japonicum 'Rutundifolium'
  • Myrtus communis
  • Nandina domestica 'Compacta'
  • Osmanthus delavayi
  • Pyracantha coccinea 'Gnome'
  • Rosmarinus 'Tuscan Blue'
  • Teucriun fruticans 'Safari Sunset'
  • Viburnum tinus 'Dwarf'
  • Viburnum edule
If you live in Orange County, Long Beach or Los Angeles and would like a complimentary nursery consultation on which plant would work best for your garden then click here.

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