I’ve been trying to figure out exactly when this happened, the shrub infatuation I mean. For the longest time I was inclined to garden with only perennials. Tender ones too! Going back further there was the grass phase, the bulb phase and stretching wayyyyy back I even had my “pretty flower” phase.
Another ‘shrub’ I wish I had room for Argyrocytisus battandieri (Pineapple Broom).
I’ve never gone through the tall tree phase, mainly because I think small trees look goofy, I’m impatient, and I’ve never had the budget for big ones. That’s a blessing in disguise though because I do want all the sun I can get and trees inevitably cast shade. Why the sun craving? Because I’ve always been in an Agave phase.
Acca sellowiana (Pineapple Guava)…tropical flowers and hardy in Portland, how could I not want one!
So has your planting profile evolved over time? Maybe you did it the "right" way and first planted a tree or two, followed by a few shrubs and then (only then) filled in with perennials, gasses and bulbs? Or maybe you're a flowering perennial/grass loving gardener like my friend Scott? Please share…