This building houses Faculty of Arts and Science Administration, which gave us great input for the design of the front garden.
The stately stone urns at 4 and 5 WSN were planted with Cornus alba ‘Bailhalo’ (Ivory Halo Dogwood) which is a variegated, compact form of red twig Dogwood. The cascading plants in the urns are Bacopa (also sometimes named Sutera) and Scaevola, which has the common name Fanflower. The annual bed featured daisies, marigolds, and a very sturdy patch of Lantana. The front bed is lined with rows of Red Carpet Roses and Lavender ‘Provence.’
The Rhododendron roseum ‘Elegans’ was painstakingly transplanted into this tight spot from a container it had overgrown on Washington Place. It appears to have benefited our application of a biostimulant which encourages mychorrizal growth on the plant’s root system. Biostimulants are an excellent alternative to high nitrogen synthetic fertilizers because they encourage soil microbial action (especially important for damaged urban soils) and they don’t result in rapid plant growth, which can attract pests.
We started work in April 2006 and it has been an ongoing project which includes maintaining the front garden.