as for a rose, i had though of one, but i rent, and the landlord has a thing against roses. as he lets me plant nearly anything else, i decided not to make a case for one.
the asian pear is lovely, and it would temporarily placate my dream of an orchard, but i would be worried about fruiting. the wall gets a good dose of light, from 7:30 to just short of one. early in the morning, it is a bit shaded by a contorted hazel about sixty feet or so away. a witch hazel sounds wonderful, too, especially since otherwise i would not have the space to plant one. in this spot i have planted a few vegetables in past summers, and they seem to get enough light. tomatoes, even. i still have chard and perennial bunching onions five feet in front of the wall this year, along with flowers. i rarely spend time in a spot where i could see this wall in the winter, although my neighbor could view it plainly from her kitchen window. i eat out in the spring and fall in a spot close to the wall (summer on the front porch). my kitchen window is in the wall, so the wafting of the scent of a witch hazel sounds delightful.
it sounds like i may be talking myself into the witch hazel…. oh, but a pear?
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.