Big box/ ubiquitous corner conifer alternatives
My mother just purchased a new home with zero landscaping, so I have been elected to design, install, and maintain two front beds purely for curb appeal. The home's exterior is not attractive at all (it's quite ugly actually), so I am being sorely tested, LOL.
I need a large conifer for a corner with southern exposure in zone 6b eastern Kentucky- the soil contains some clay but is actually pretty decent with pH on the slightly acid side. If I was going to a big box store I would choose either a Blue Point juniper or an Emerald Green arborvitae because that is what is available.
Can we think of any easy to source alternatives that I might be overlooking?
The issue will be size and availability- while I am content to buy small, easily shipped plants for myself my Mom is 80 years old and so we need larger plants for more instant gratification. I am finding what very few local nurseries I have to be reluctant to order things for me- they want to sell me what they have which is Blue Points and Emerald Greens. We are in a very rural area with very few choices. Travel to buy will not happen.
I am also in need of three good sized single leader DeGroot's.
So I am asking for 1) corner alternatives as well as 2) sources for shipping larger plants- at least in the six foot range.
Am I an inclined plane wrapped helically around an axis?
Sorry- Big Bang joke.