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Small Space Big Impact

October 10, 2015
When gardening is concerned, it doesn’t always have to be bigger to be better. Let’s take a look at a small landscape that really has big impact. We’re at our friend Barbara’s and marveling at the plants she has growing around the narrow side of her house. Now how’s this for big impact. This is Jack’s Giant elephant ear with leaves that can be bigger than four feet. The huge leaves have a glossy texture and prominent ribbing. And did I say these leaves were huge? They put Dumbo’s ears to shame. Even though the space is small and narrow, I like the way white lattice panel and gate creates a place to pause and enjoy the shade loving red walleriana impatiens growing in the basket on the gate. But don’t confuse these with the orange and white Sunpatiens further down the path. Growing in the shady side garden underneath the red angel wing begonia are nandina, gold dust variegated aucuba, and large coarse leaved fatsia. There are two objects that look like some kind of pole, but are actually the trunks of a couple of Chinese parasol trees. While the extremely large lobed leaves aren’t readily visible, the smooth greenish bark is an unexpected garden feature. The orange sunpatiens are repeated in this basket. Last year, Barbara grew red shade impatiens here, and they have re-seeded and are blooming underneath. What a nice surprise! So even if you are limited in the amount of space, you can still get a big bang from a small package. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.

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