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Driveway Area

Here’s another area where trees needed to go. The right side of the driveway was lined with Leland Cyprus. Builders plant these all the time because they are fast growing but they also have a life of about 25 years so ours were reaching their end. We took out five in the fall and replaced them with native plants which will grow into a lower hedgerow. The two evergreens are Brodie Junipers. These are native trees that will grow 15-20 feet high and 6-8 feet wide. The Loropetalum, Crimson Fire, will grow 4 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide. At the head of the driveway my husband created the little bed that is designed to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. Trumpet vines are on each end for now – the deer seem to like them. We also planted a climbing rose that will grow over the gate arbor. Note the weird shape of the crepe myrtle inside the fence. Our neighbors used to have trees lining the fence line that came into our yard and crowded out the crepe myrtle, so it only grew in one direction. They took the trees out 3 years ago to install a pool, but I don’t know if the crepe myrtle will ever round out.

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