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Lawn centre piece needed

Totally new to this forum and came in search of advice for our current problem. We have recently got rid of a pampas grass from the centre of our small front garden lawn....we are now left with a soil centre approx 6 ft diameter.....we are looking for a centre piece that wont run wild and take over the lawn area ( as the pampas did ), something which gives colour all year round , and grows to about 4 - 6ft in height and spread. We have looked at the weeping style of tree in the garden centres but were told that the one we fancied lost its leaves in winter despite having blossom in spring and leaf colour changes in autumn . Any advice is would be very welcome and thanks in anticipation. 



  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,752
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • thanks Papi Jo....I will take a looksee 

  • O that sounds interesting I shall look into that....Thank you 

  • is there anything in the weeping cascading style.......about 4-5 foot high , similar spread ?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,782

    Some ideas here 

    they won't all be suitable for your position, but it's a start ... image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • thanks Verdun....this is all good info for I can wander the garden centre with a little more purpose than just wandering aound........TVM

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Not that I know much but camellias are nice. Some varieties I think grow big. We haven't got one except in a pot but I've seen other gardens with them in ground and they're beautiful all year round. Also one of my neighbours has a lovely acer in the lawn, not sure what variety it is but it looks lovely. Same neighbour has rosa mutabilis in the middle of the lawn, it's so beautiful and has flowered three times this year.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,339

    If you have the right aspect, a Camellia would be stunning, strummingdave. If the site's a bit exposed, the flowers may take a battering in spring weather, but they're superb in the right conditions. Beautiful evergreen. Keep it well watered through summer if you're in an area of low rainfall though  image

    I know you're keen to have an evergreen, but don't dismiss the weeping ornamental pear Pyrus salicifolius. Beautiful if you get a good, well shaped one to start with, and can be pruned to keep it from getting too big. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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