Although not Mediterranean in origin, each Nandina, or Heavenly Bamboo, and Duranta are generally planted in Mediterranean local weather gardens. Their cultural necessities, although not equivalent, are related sufficient that they are often grown in lots of places. Nandina is hardy to any chilly that a Mediterranean winter is more likely to produce, though Duranta is for frost-free areas solely.
If you reside then in a gentle winter, frost-free local weather, and are conversant in the landscaping qualities of those two stunning bushes, it’s possible you’ll take into account planting them in the identical shrubbery, as they affiliate collectively so effectively. Indeed, they each have a function that when mixed is probably distinctive within the gardening world.
The attribute in query is the small berry-like fruits that each shrubs produce, adorning the vegetation within the autumn and early winter. Despite belonging to totally different botanical households, the berries are just about equivalent in dimension and form, differing, however combining beautifully in shade. Nandina domestica berries are vivid crimson, whereas Duranta’s are a fiery orange.
Warning: There is a few controversy as as to whether Duranta fruits are toxic or not.
The impact is probably not spectacularly over-powering, however is extra of the refined and mild type, as a result of each similarity and distinction work collectively. This solutions concurrently to 2 fundamental calls for of excellent design, specifically unity and selection.
The foliage textures carry out the identical perform. While the leaf form differs between the vegetation, the leaf dimension and general delicate look is analogous. Nandina domestica leaves, paying homage to bamboo, divide into leaflets, whereas these of Duranta erecta are easy. Not all Duranta species have such a delicate leaf texture nonetheless, so it is vital to be particular when ordering the plant. In my view, Duranta erecta “Aurea”, with its golden foliage and small leaves is the variability that works finest with Heavenly Bamboo.
Another function price mentioning is Duranta’s attractive purple flowers that bloom all through the summer season and into the autumn. They are sufficiently small to go together with Nandina’s delicate foliage, however sufficiently profuse to create a vital impact. Nandina’s white flowers will not be particularly enticing, however don’t take away them or you’ll free the berries afterward!
To develop the vegetation efficiently, do not forget that their wants will not be equivalent. In addition to the query of chilly, Duranta is much less drought resistant than Nandina. It will be grown along with vegetation of modest necessities, however wants an additional variety of drippers in its proximity. While Nandina is certainly a low-upkeep shrub, Duranta, with its speedy progress, ought to be clipped and calmly pruned by the rising season. If planted subsequent to Nandina, it’s essential to hold its dimensions in test.
These minor drawbacks needn’t deter the Mediterranean and dry local weather gardener from planting Nandina domestica and Duranta erecta in the identical mattress. The refined “variety on a theme” impact far outweighs the small consideration to element and additional work that will ensue as a results of rising them collectively.