Viburnums, Rhododendron, Hygrangea

JoonBJune 9, 2011

I have to do some foundation planting under the eave of my house. The area faces northeast.

Can you tell me the pros and cons of these bushes- or perhaps offer me a suggestion of something else that is a good foundation planting offering some flower interest?

Would these bushes also do ok in a west location or is it too hot (ie too much water requirment?)

thanks

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JoonB

Also, can you tell me which varieties based on your experience would work? I prefer more purples or whites- no pink.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 11:28AM
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Dick_Sonia(Sunset 17)

Those are perfect choices...for Seattle. If you're in Zone 23, you should be thinking more along the lines of plants that are naturally adapted to Mediterranean, desert, or dry subtropical conditions. There are thousands of plants from Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and the Canary Islands that would be suitable. Forget about the northern stuff. You have far more exciting possibilities awaiting you.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 11:58AM
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JoonB

Can you give me suggestions so I can look them up? thanks!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 1:54PM
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loribee2(CA 9)

I'd be interested in that too.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 5:54PM
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annemarieo

I also could use some ideas on foundation plants for sun to filtered shade. I can suggest though you check out native plants. There is a forum here I believe and Sunset has a section of natives in their book.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 12:53PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I had mirror plant (Coprosma repens) in So. Cal. with it's incrediblely glossy green leaves. Had a Viburnum (don't remember which one) with leatherly leaves that unfortunately was susceptible to spider mite. In hot sun Murraya paniculata always looked good. Natal plums (Carex) are attractive (thorns). Escallonia - shorter hybrids. Grewia. Hebe 'Pattys Purple'. Nandina (looks like bamboo).

In shade I used camellias with azaelas - did great. Loropetalum needs a bit of sun protection down south.

The local Home Depot will carry what does well in your zone - perhaps some hydrangeas are bred for So. Calif.?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 5:54PM
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calistoga_al

Bob Perry wrote a book well suited to your area. It is "Landscape Plants for Western Regions". Your library may have it. He is a professor with California State Polytechnic University Pomona. Al

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 8:36PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I like my Springtime Viburnums. I have some facing east, don't know how they would like facing west with no shade.
Renee

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 3:16AM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

I have had good luck with Dichroa febrifuga, false hydrangea, evergreen hydrangea, in the same situation. -Here is a post by someone growing it in zone 23.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 1:04PM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

P.S. by same situation, I meant foundation planting/northeast exposure.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 1:07PM
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