|Callistemon citrinus - the offending non-performer|
So what should I replace it with? Any new plant needs to have a narrow habit as its a tight slot between the door and the front window, must tolerate heavy clay soil and look good for a long season. Maybe this is the spot for a wall shrub and a slender climber? I rather like Fatshedera lizei 'Anniemieke' for its wonderful brazen gold foliage, but its habit is poor and it would need a support of some sort and constant tying in. Hedera 'Sulphur Heart' (syn 'Paddy's Pride') is another similar favourite but I snobbishly feel its become rather commonplace.
|X Fatshedera lizei 'Anniemieke'|
Another possibility would be Hydrangea serrata 'Miranda', the variegated form of climbing hydrangea. Hopefully this form would be slower than the normal green one and not swamp the allocated space. But does it flower as well? I admit I've only ever seen young plants in garden centres.
|Hydrangea serrata 'Miranda'|
|Sinocalycanthus raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'|