Hello, I am currently working on an area in the front of our home. I would guess that it is roughly Ã¯Â¿Â½ of an acre. This area has several larger trees and for the most part I would consider shade to filtered sunlight. I would think that all that would work there for me would be hemlocks? I know in my neck of the woods in Kentucky the wild hemlocks grow in sometimes pretty deep shade on the rock cliffs.
Anyway, back to my project we have constructed 5 planting areas, somewhat raised, that I call islands for lack of a better word, they are all surrounded by grass pathways. These areas have been fortified with composted manure from a dairy farm as well as rotted sawdust from our sawmills. I would estimate that there is going to be between 3,000 Ã¯Â¿Â½ 5,000 feet of planting area. I also have to get some hardscape added in, rocks, planters etc. Most of this area will be used to house our ever growing Hosta and shade plant collection. But I really want some conifers for winter interest and textural differences.
As I said above I think about the only conifer that would do well in this light would be Tsuga, please correct me if I am wrong. I am open to any suggestions. Since I have the green grass in the paths I am leaning toward off colors for the conifers. Yellows, whites, blues etc...
I saw a picture the other day on the forum of the canadensis 'Gentsch White' and really liked the look of that. I know a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will try to get a picture of my area posted later. I am at work and my pictures are at home.
I would appreciate any suggestions you can give me, I am thinking of 3 Ã¯Â¿Â½ 4 focal plants and maybe a few smaller, dwarf weepers worked in here and there.
And the million dollar question is where I get them. Does anyone know of a conifer dealer in Kentucky? When I did a forum search it turned up a few mail order sources but I would rather buy them in larger sizes if possible, but I guess I will take what I can get.
I read often but rarely post, I have gained a great deal of knowledge and information from all of the postings. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated!