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Pam B, My Garden (SICI)

Styles: Courtyards and small terraces

Soil types: Loamy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Alkaline

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

Situated in Eastern Sicily - south facing but sheltered by houses in front. Enjoys both full sun and partial shade during the course of the day. The 'garden' is in fact a waist-high flower bed along part of the perimeter wall with railings. It has 1 jasmine officinalis to climb along the railings, 8 beautiful hibiscus trees, several self-seeded viola tri-colour, several self-seeded false heather plants. Have planted several Livingstone Daisy Mezoo Trailing Red plants for a rustic effect! In large terracotta jars there are various trailing plants.

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Pam B

Pam B

About me
A silver surfer living within a stone's throw of Mount Etna in Eastern Sicily since 1966! Keen but completely clueless gardener with a raised flower-bed the size of a handkerchief which I try to keep ablaze with colour!

Gardening expertise
Keen but Clueless

Biggest gardening accomplishments
No garden but a raised (waist high) flower bed of about 10 metres in length and half a meter wide; it boasts sun and partial sun according to the season. I love hisbiscus, one lovely yellow one came with the apartment when we purchased it and I have since added another 7 of various colours. One that looked dead, but I planted 'just in case', has flourished and is superb going from strength to strength. This is one of only 2 hibiscus that have scented flowers (Hibiscus Arnottianus) and is native to Hawaii. It flowers abundantly from August to January giving off this beautiful fragrance. I have since added a mallow tree with white flowers and some English mint brought by friends from England. The false heather has self seeded and is doing well as is, finally, the jasmine officinalis. I also have pots of spring flowering trailers to give the garden a 'rustic' look!

Biggest gardening frustrations
The garden is too small for all the plants I'd love to have! The climbers are proving really difficult (except for the jasmine), but I persevere!

The gardening project I am currently working on
Just try to keep it looking nice.

Pam B's forum posts

Re: Help to identify tree to replace damaged area
Tue. 14th January 2020 16:46

Re: Drought tolerant species for Turkish garden
Wed. 16th August 2017 11:25

Re: Re: Please help to identify this plant
Mon. 10th November 2014 08:25

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