Amy Escobar wrote:Our Oregon summer seems to already be upon us and I'm ill prepared.We have a small south facing front lawn with big windows facing south. This is the area I am primarily concerned about, as all the heat just pours in and the front gets very dry from the heat of the pavement. I thought about sunflowers, but I'm really hoping for something fast fast fast. Could be plants, or something else. Any tips? I just hate it when there are no clouds, it makes me feel like I can't go outside.
Devin Lavign wrote:I highly suggest paulownia trees. They grow very fast (fastest growing hardwood tree) and have giant leaves. Great for shading. They are also a tree you can cut down and it will regrow.
You can see a full progress slide show of paulownia growth here http://www.dragontrees.com/paulownia-growth-gallery.html
Casie Becker wrote:Please be exta cautious in planting any soft wood tree like the the pawlonia. Most of these are prone to breaking branches (sometimes large branches) during high winds. Be sure as it grows that nothing would be damaged if that happens. It even happens with hardwoods sometimes.
Last year three large branches (small tree sized) fell off the pecan in my front yard. Luckily there's nothing more important than lawn furniture where they landed. This year I was out with a tree saw shortening any branches that I thought looked likely to follow. Next day we has a massive storm and it appears to have worked.