I am looking for advice on shrubs to plant in Raleigh, NC that get full morning sun. I have had Gardenias there for years and they got our of hand and looked ragged so I am removing them. This house is only occupied a few months per year, so I would like EASY to grow and high impact. Could I use butterfly bushes for shrubbery if I kept them trimmed? Or will that leave the front of the house looking barren in winter?
House is pale yellow - and I would like the color of the shrubs to not be such a contrast as the Gardenia have been (very dark green leaves).
New to gardening, so any and all advice is VERY appreciated! Thanks in advance.