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Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’
PITTOSPORACEAE, The Pittosporum family

The Monrovia vendor swears to me that this is hardy – I will hold him to his word and he knows it. I got three for the front foundation bed, to be mixed with the variegated Gordonia which is finally showing some signs of not hating life, and a couple of ‘Fire Dance’ Loropetalum.

Why all the Chinese and Oceanic and etc. plants? Beauty! Art! Because I can! Because they can (grow here!)

World according to Tom Ward: use natives first, naturalized plants second, and outright exotics with ethical trepidation.

“Dr. Gloom and Dr. Zoom (and Dr. Bloom)”

Dr. Zoom suggests that while introducing exotic plants potentially poses ecological risks, Permaculture is the best situation under which to experiment because the first principle, Observation, greatly reduced the chance of any untoward effects getting out of hand.

But having plants that are just for beauty isn’t stacking functions! Well, this planting may not be edible, but it will cover the ground and shade the soil, insulate the porch foundation, provide evergreen shelter for wildlife, provide cut flowers/foliage for decorating, and delight me. I think that is enough for this 4 ft. by 10 ft area.

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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