Middle Garden Shrubs

 Fresh new growth.
Pieris Shrub

My plantsman friend and I have a good thing going. I cook him roast dinners, he gives me plants - sometimes his rejects, sometimes unusual shrubs he thinks I'd like. Many of them live in Middle Garden.

Pieris Shrubs

In here I've planted a selection of Pieris shrublets that he's bred. Some have nicely variegated leaves (I like variegations, and I know he likes roast lamb). All these youngsters are doing well, and I'm remembering to weed out lots of friendly broom and gorse seedlings. Now those shrubs are definitely not welcome!


Psoralea is an interesting shrub, and not so well known in my gardening area. It's slightly frost tender, with blue sweet-pea-like flowers in spring.

I've popped it into a sheltered spot on the edge of Duck Lawn, next to the Pieris. So far it hasn't flowered, but that's OK. I took this photograph of a mature shrub-tree I saw on the West Coast. Aren't those blue flowers pretty!

 So pretty in spring.
Blue Flowers of Psoralea

Proper photographs, please, as soon as possible!