Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’

Harry Lauder’s Walkingstick
BETULACEAE, The Birch family

This is one of 10 planters for the Yard, Garden and Patio show at Portland Convention Center this weekend. The pot is from Aw in Seattle, a company with kilns in China and Vietnam. They make some of the most beautiful planters around. I found the gold metallic balls and Mexican terra-cotta ball at Cost Plus World Market.

The little tree is just starting to bloom. The light green hanging catkins are chains of male flowers. The female flowers are amazing- they look like slim little buds, but they have a naughty-looking bright pink tassel coming out of the tip.

In the built up soil around the tree I planted several kinds of sedum and hen and chicks, Oxalis ‘Dark Dancer’, cranberries to trail over the edges, dwarf mondo grass, Raoulia (scabwort), and dwarf creeping thyme. Any spaces between plants have little pebbles. Hooray, I love it!!

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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2 Responses to Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’

  1. Wes says:

    I don’t know if I’m feeling the golden balls from Cost plus. Don’t get me wrong, I love cost plus, and the planter is (as always) wonderful, but I was really hoping for some funky grass right there…

    All this talk about plants makes me thirsty.


  2. Mulysa says:

    Hey there, sorry I didn’t post your comment in a very timely manner! I’ve been feeling dejected by all the increasingly weird spam my site gets, and by apparent lack of readership.

    I think the gold balls are fun: They are half-buried by the sedums, and they pick up the slighly metalic spots in the pot’s glaze. And the terra cotta ball has a sempervirens-like flower pattern on it which I liked. But you’re right, some Acorus ‘Ogon’ would have worked well in there too.

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