Today I drove all over creation looking for foundation shrubs/trees. The absurdity of this is magnified by the fact that gas is like a million dollars a gallon and I don't have a hybrid. Part of the day I was thinking how great it would be to plant all my new stuff on Earth Day tomorrow but at some point I just started thinking THIS IS INSANE! NO TREE I PLANT WILL MAKE UP FOR THE EMISSIONS FROM THIS STUPID SHOPPING TRIP!
The worst part is that I couldn't find what I wanted. I'm in Magnolia hell, people! The lady at big expensive garden center says "oh you don't want a magnolia, the frost gets them in this area...why don't you try this Redbud Forest Pansy? It blooms later and only gets 8-10 feet tall." OK but I need to research this. So I get home and nothing, NOTHING I found on the internet says those things are 8-10 feet tall. They all say like 20-30 feet. WTH? To top it off, some of the other stuff I read says that the Star Magnolia is usually kept to 8-10 feet tall. That's what I wanted in the first place! There are Magnolia Jane's all over creation but for some reason I can't bring myself to buy one. Shopping the dead plant section at the end of the season was so much easier than this! So, here are my options for the front foundation tree...
Magnolia Leonard something or other
Royal Star Magnolia
Redbud Forest Pansy
Other fabulous small flowering tree (make a suggestion)
So, what should I do?