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Using Sky Real-Estate, or Upright and Uptight is the Way to Go

Ok, so I do have a love affair with upright and uptight plants.  In smaller gardens, air space needs some volume – so let’s go up.  Let’s compare three similar plants today that grow tall and skinny. 

I started out using Ilex crenata “Sky Pencil”.  This is a Japanese Holly that looks good when you first buy it but it just can’t hack winters.  It starts to lose inner branches and look flea-bitten.  Out with you.  Continue reading