Hearth on the Patio
Marjorie Channon' Pittisporum
New Zealand Flax
White Baccopa
Butterfly-Iris, Fortnight Lily
Marjorie Channon' Pittisporum

Common name:Marjorie Channon' Pittisporum
Botanical name:Pittosporum ten. 'Marjorie Channon'

This ornamental Pittisporum is significant because of its variegated and beautiful foliage. It is a slow growing compact shrub with rounded pyramidal habit to 8-12'+ feet tall. The leaves are light green with white edges.

New Zealand Flax

Common name:New Zealand Flax
Botanical name:Phormium tenax

New Zealand Flax is a large, bold plant with stiffly vertical, sword-like, green leaves that arise from its base. It should be grown under full sun for best color. Varieties will offer different growth habits and leaf color.

White Baccopa

Common name:White Baccopa
Botanical name:Sutera cordata

White Baccopa is a prostrate ground cover with white flowers. It stays under 12" in height.

Butterfly-Iris, Fortnight Lily

Common name:Butterfly-Iris, Fortnight Lily
Botanical name:Dietes iridioides

This clumping evergreen Iris bears tall, narrow leaves to 30" tall and white flowers marked purple in the center on stalks up to 3' tall. This variety has stiffer, darker foliage than the bicolor form. It requires sun to part shade with little or no summer watering when established.

Using Permeable Surfaces

If you have impermeable paving that you would like to make permeable, there are two main methods for doing so:
1. Break up hard paved surfaces to create spaces for water to seep through.
2. Remove and replace the surfaces with permeable paving.

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Designer: Stephanie Blanc

Hearth on the Patio

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.