Planting ideas shared for greenery of Overbury Road

Ruth, from Campbell Cadey, has created a proposed list of plant criteria for the possible parklets on Overbury Road.

Broken into four elements, all are focused on improving the local biodiversity of the area:

  1. Robust specifies that can tolerate pollution
  2. Plants that attract wildlife prioritised
  3. Colourful and fragrant planting, mixes of evergreens and perennials that will not be high maintenance
  4. Species that can provide some shade in summer months
Viburnum opulus

A deciduous shrub. Leaves are palmate and prominently veined. Flat clusters of white flowers appear in spring and summer, followed by bright red berries in autumn. Great for wildlife.

Amelanchier lamarckii_multistem

An upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with spreading branches bearing oblong to elliptic, dark green leaves, bronze when young and turning orange and red in autumn. Pendent racemes of white flowers in mid-spring are followed by purple-black fruit. Great for wildlife.

Arbutus unedo

A slow-growing bush is evergreen with rough bark and dark green leathery leaves. Rosy-pink pitcher-shaped flowers appear in autumn in panicles as the red, strawberry-like fruits.

Pittosporum tobira

A tender, compact, evergreen shrub with attractive green foliage and fragrant, creamy white flowers. Delicate fragrance.

Salvia officinalis

A compact, bushy, evergreen subshrub with oblong, aromatic, grey-green leaves and terminal racemes of pale purple flowers in summer. Lovely fragrance and colour.

Bulbs for all seasons

Bulbs offer great opportunities for colour and structure throughout the year. They can also be given to residents to plant, as their planting instructions are easy to follow.