Almost literally, really.
If you look at the featured image above you should see that just about all of my plants are leaning. I *think* it’s due to wind… erm… damage? I’m not sure if it’s just that this year has been super blustery or if the new fence that my next door neighbour put up has redirected the wind. Either way it’s a problem I now have to deal with.
Most of the plants I have in that area are all herbaceous and so are really heavily affected by the wind. With what I am seeing I need to change my garden to help deal with it. I think this is what also caused the Wordless Wednesday I had the other week. Now that was on the other side of the garden… But if the wind is getting funnelled and baffled by the now solid fence then I don’t think I have any way to stop the funnelling. BTW, it used to be just a simple slatted fence with a loose willow thatch roll over the top thus allowing the wind to freely pass through.
All I can do is to put some plants in that won’t be affected by the wind so much and will, in fact, create zones that will be protected and I can use those to plant my more delicate plants that don’t like being battered by the wind.
I’m thinking of a few bushes dotted around. Maybe two on each side? A few choices are the winter flowering Viburnum… or maybe an evergreen Bamboo (Sunk in a pot!) or a vibrant yellow Choisya? If I want to REALLY push the boat out… How about the amazing Garrya elliptica? I’m not sure yet what I want, but they will need to be semi-tall (4ft or so) and have some mass to it. If they are likely to grow taller then I will need to be able to prune them to keep them under control.
This would also be a great excuse to get a red wood Dogwood for it’s amazing winter colour!
If anyone has some suggestion on this I’d love to hear them.