This post, “Oleanders” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

“We need to block out that view.”  This was my dear hubby’s constant complaint.  We had planted a row of arborvitae bushes, but after Katrina, they started to thin out.  I think they were under a great deal of stress from the drought we had after the hurricane.  He doesn’t like the view of the street and wants it screened.

Well, one day last summer, he shows up with four oleander bushes.  He didn’t know what color the blooms were, didn’t realize how big they could get, and didn’t realize if we get a bad freeze they can lose their leaves.  Luckily they turned out to be a light pink which will blend in with the surrounding plants, though I would have preferred red flowers.  He didn’t really have a good idea of where they should be placed.  He just wanted to kind of plop them in the middle of the lawn without a thought of any kind of plan.  Needless to say, I was not very happy with his ideas.

We finally compromised on a planting area, but I don’t think these plants are the best solution to our problem of screening.  But, he does live here, too, and he does do all the heavy work around the garden to help me out.  I guess I just have to let this go.  The plants seem to be doing well.  They have just started to bud out.


Oleanders are very popular around here and lend a tropical feel.    They grow about 5 to 8 feet tall here in a mounded shape.  I am going to tip prune them to make sure they get full and thick. I do not know if this will be the screening solution we hope for, but if these plants don’t work out, I’ll look upon that as an opportunity to try to grow something new.