Here is the issue: Dwarf Forsythia 'Golden Peep'. They held such promise when planted in 2006. Low growing and full, an ideal cover-up for the gas meters and the long blank foundation (complete with ugly black waterproofing line) on the side of the house we never see, never visit.
The individual attributes were each an appealing reason to plant a row of these:
- Bright yellow flowers in Spring
- Mahogany foliage color in Fall
- Not too big
- Easy, easy, easy to grow and propagate more
- Good bulk, massed together
First of all, this lumpy line of shaggy green does nothing to break up the horizontal plainness of the east wall of our house. The yellow blooms are okay for a brief time in early spring.
But this dwarf form remembered it is still a forsythia, and managed to grow small and compact and still become rangy and unkempt. The good individual attributes just don't add up to an attractive hedge overall.
On top of that, the woody centers keep dying out. I'm not sure, but it might be voles nesting in the dense shrubs, girdling the multiple low stems. Dead centers and browning branches add a forlorn touch to this lumpen line.
So, they are all coming out. Jim says he'll help me chop them away and pull the roots with a come-along or with a rope and his lawn tractor. He has volunteered for this task, so he must think these are hideous.
What was I thinking with that long low line of shrubs? I need something taller, perhaps more varied, and yet full at the base to cover the foundation and gas lines. It's the east side of the house, so there's afternoon shade. We never really see that side, as our walk and patios and gardens are on the other side of the house.
A full-on garden space with paths and designed elements might be overkill. My lovely Stewartia, just beginning to shape up into a decent tree form, anchors the beginning of the row of forsythias.
Whatever goes in there needs to be more than individual parts -- a pretty bloom and nice leaves aren't enough to tame this unappealing horizontal wall. My Oops.
Any thoughts? No dwarf Alberta Spruces.