We wondered around, looked at the fall annuals, 50% bargain plants, perused the perennials and bulbs as usual, looking for treasure.
In the perennial section, there were about a dozen Rhamnus frangula 'Ron Williams' (Fine Line Buckthorn) for $5.99 (and they were 30% off). Seemed like a good deal to me, so I snagged one, thinking I could find a place for it. It grows slowly to 5-7' tall and only 2' wide and has lovely fern-like foliage.
I hear some Rhamnus can be invasive in some parts of the U.S., but I don't think that's the case here in Portland and I believe this is a sterile variety.
At home, I wondered around carrying the plant trying to figure out where I was going to plant such a shrub. Eventually it occurred to me that it might look good out on the street side of things.
I already have several "sentry" plants in the garden around the entries (pairs of Berberis thunbergii 'Burgundy Carousel', Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire', and Cupressus sempervirens 'Swane's Golden').
But dagnabit, I only bought one!
|The Sentry - Cupressus sempervirens 'Swane's Golden'|
|Guarding the front gate - Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire'|