They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and they were wrong. Lurking on the other side of my fence: a restaurant parking lot and two bright street lamps that I consider paying someone to shoot. That said, I’m excited to announce that I have purchased my first trees in hopes to snuff out the light and remove myself from the service industry. Oh, and did I mention? I did for a lot less than I thought possible.
First up: Japanese Snowbell Tree
Grows between 2-3′ a year reaching a height of 30′. Blooms in the spring-summer, full-partial shade, isn’t a snob when it comes to soil, keeps its room clean, and minds its own business. This is the kind of tree you want around if you have a small yard and you want a light fragrant aroma. I picked mine up for just under $35 (3-4′)
Next up: Royal Empress
So this tree is HUGE and grows faster than a teen-aged boy. It can grow as much as 15′ a year (no joke) reaching a height of 50′ in around 5 years. It blooms every spring and smells like lavender. One nice feature about the Royal Empress is that it’s roots won’t take over and the variety that I ordered is said to be non-invasive, insect & disease resistant. I bought the root start for under $30 and I know that the impatient part of me will enjoy watching this thing take off.
And Last: Tea Olive Shrub
They call it a shrub, but it grows to about 10’tall; growing at a rate of about 2-3′ a year. Tea Olive blooms from spring to fall and has a fragrant reputation said to resemble gardenia, rose, or jasmine. Another positive is that they thrive when neglected and set me back less than $20 a pop.
If you are interested in picking some up for yourself check out brighterblooms.com . They deliver to most states and have a wonderful site that will help you make choices you can feel good about.
I’ll keep you posted on when mine get here and share as they grow into something wonderful.