Tall & Narrow Plantings – Perfect for Urban Areas
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Fastigiate is a fancy way of saying tall and thin. Plants with this characteristic add a lot to landscapes.
For one, they fit into narrow spaces. Anyone working in a cramped urban or suburban site will appreciate that.
They also add a very desirable vertical line to designs. It can be a very effective visual 'pop' in the landscape. A line of tall, narrow plants is quite elegant. Kind of like the Rockettes. Any show is better with the Rockettes, and any garden is better with a a vertical plant or three.
Check out this nice slideshow of garden allées. While you may never have a stately mansion and estate of your own, you can probably grow a more modest version of the allée at your own home.
Here are some good options for tall, narrow plantings:
- Sunjoy® Gold Pillar Berberis
- 'Dee Runk' Buxus
- 'Green Arrow' Chamaecyparis
- Patti O™ Ilex crenata
- Castle Wall™ Ilex x meservae
- North Pole® Thuja
- Fine Line® Rhamnus
- Purple Pillar™ Hibiscus syriacus (rose of Sharon)
You can create a similar effect with a hydrangea tree: H. paniculata is best for that. 'Limelight' is a particularly good variety for standards.