Were you able to guess what is wrong with this planting?
I gave a hint that the plant in the middle is 'Torch Glow' Bougainvillea.
Well, I am happy to report that most of you were right about the problem.
*You see, 'Torch Glow' Bougainvillea (or any bougainvillea) for that matter, is too large to be planted in such a small area.
Although this bougainvillea shrub is small now, it will soon grow very big...
I planted the 'Torch Glow' Bougainvillea, above, in my father-in-law's back garden. At the time I took this photo - it was less then 2 years old.
Personally, I like this variety of Bougainvillea - it has an unusual shape compared to other types of Bougainvillea and produces less litter.
But, it grows very fast and will soon outgrow a small area. At maturity, it can reach heights of 8 feet and 4 feet wide.
So, back to the original planting in the first photo. The problem that will soon occur is that the 'Torch Glow' Bougainvillea will grow wider and overhang the pathway to the entry.
Of course, at first, the homeowner will attempt to keep the Bougainvillea pruned back - but he would be fighting a losing battle. This shrub grows too big.
Did I also mention that this particular plant has THORNS?
You never want to put any type of plant or tree that has thorns, next to an area where people walk. No one likes to get stuck by a thorn.
This homeowner also had another landscape problem directly across the pathway from the bougainvillea...
He has a bush Rosemary planted in a tiny area that was 3 inches wide.
As you can see, he was already busy pruning it to keep it from hanging over the pathway.
Soon, the base of the plant will become more woody with less leaves as it grows, which will make it very unattractive.
In addition, the small amount of soil, will affect the ultimate health of the rosemary as well.
**So what is the lesson learned from this "landscape no-no"?
Take a few minutes to research the plants you select before you plant them (don't always rely on your landscaper's advice - check for yourself). Make sure the plants will fit that particular area once they reach their mature size.
I hope this will help you to avoid a similar mistake in the future in your garden.
I am still patiently (not really) waiting to plant my fall vegetable garden. We are buying compost and manure this weekend to replenish the existing soil in the gardens and I hope to have everything planted soon.
I promise to keep you updated :-)