Holst west side
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Holst north side
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Holst snow gum
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A perfect little snow gum – Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp niphophila. Thanks for the ID on the subspecies, Sean Hogan !

Holst gum and senecio
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A match made in heaven: snow gum, with lovely silvery foliage, paired with Senecio grayi ‘Sunshine’. Good together because they are happy in the same conditions. And this is one challenging spot: surrounded by concrete and facing west, it bakes in summer and only receives occasional watering during the driest part of the summer.

Holst gum and spurge
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On the other side of the front walk are more snow gums, underplanted with spurge – Euphorbia characias ssp wulfenii. It’s another great evergreen and drought-tolerant pair. The drawback to these spurges is that they need periodic renewal, sort of like lavenders do. But heck, if replanting every four to six years is too much for you, you need plastic plants!

Holst inner courtyard
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Star jasmine (so fragrant!) is planted on the south and east fences to create privacy for this inner courtyard, and sunny golden box honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida ’Baggeson’s Gold’) warms up the industrial gray color of the building and walls.

Holst oregon grape
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Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) does surprisingly well in containers. This Oregon native is evergreen, flowers in late winter and is super-fragrant. And, should you require a plant in an urban setting that’s prickly (if you can imagine why such a thing might be useful!) – it fits the bill.

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Holst snow gum
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