Pittosporum

All gardens need backbones, something reliable, attractive, dependable and colourful, with a little thought, you can have a better backbone than more usual ones, (conifers, privet, forsythia, laurel). 

 

I think pittosporums are really good at this, I know wet cold soils can ‘do them in’ but even in colder gardens with a little protection from the weather by way of a wall or windbreak, pittosporums can really perform. 

 

There are big ones and little ones, grey ones, greeny yellow ones, shiny green ones and my absolute favourite is a shiny purple black one.

 

This has bright green leaves in spring that turn a deep shiny purple black – it needs a bit of shelter, but its really fab and much less boring than a privet hedge!

 

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