I’m pondering over what to do with my western sloped beds – I want them to house some kind of perennial (they are currently planted with mammoth sunflowers, since I hadn’t decided what to do permanently yet.)
Here’s the rub – I’d like to have shading of this side of the house in summer time, because late afternoon/evening is the only time my house gets unbearably warm. But, I’d also like to have the benefit of all the sunny winter days we have warming that side as well.
I also am a big fan of permaculture – so while I initially thought about putting juniper bushes in and keeping them pruned to half as tall as the western wall, I recently thought hollyhocks, rampant growers here, would shade in the summer, leave the wall free to soak up the sun in winter and never require much else from me, other than trying to keep them at bay.
I also admit to a dying-to-try-the-Add-Poll-button at the top of my editing tool bar kind of feeling… 🙂
So here ya go! The poll is only open for a week, because I’ll be needing to make a decision by at least the end of July and I want plenty of time to ponder your answers!