Shrub recommendation pls

Leandra7(z3a in GP, AB)July 19, 2014

Hi again to those who've helped and commented on my previous posts. Here is another one...Having recently moved to an acreage in Grande Prairie (Zone 2b-3a) from BC (Zone 7a-8b), I am wondering if you have any recommendations for hardy shrubs you wouldn't mind sharing (photos would be a bonus). I have several areas I would like to plant with shrubs and trees; some exposed, some foundational around the house.�
I have inherited several perennial gardens (chok-a-block with weeds which I have largely gotten rid of) but I would like to have a more easy maintenance approach with shrubs, and probably keep just one perennial garden bed in front of the house. I have mostly been maintaining the present landscaping for the past year that I have been here, reading Lois Hole's books, reading over many entries here, and observing and talking to gardeners around here. I love gardening and am enthusiastic to revamp this place but want to go at it with some foresight.�
Appreciate any thoughts you'd have to share.

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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Welcome to the forum. We have a great bunch of folks here. I am sorry I can't be of much help as I am pretty green and am quite a bit warmer than you. This may be a little general but have you looked at roses, potentilla or dogwoods?

Gardening with foresight is beyond my mental capabilities. :)


    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 10:29AM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

I'm really liking ninebarks right now. They're beautiful and pretty trouble-free. Dwarf (Korean) lilacs are nice too. And mockorange is always a winner. I even like bridal wreath spirea, but it's kind of dated.

Weigela is nice but it's not super hardy here. It dies back somewhat, and it won't bloom after a bad winter. It's worth picking up if you find one on sale like I did.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 1:22PM
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shillanorth Z4 AB

The spireas are all pretty tough,(stay away from the ashleaf varieties - sorbaria sorbifolia - they are tough but sucker a lot), cranberries(for berries, fall colour)dogwoods if you have a moist to wet spot, Morden Golden Glow Elder should do fine for you, ninebarks - summer wine is a good one, Coppertina and Satin Chocolate have been aphid magnets for me for some reason, Russian almond, western sandcherry, purple leaf sandcherry can be nice if it has good snow cover, Mohican wayfaring tree - nice for berries for birds and jam for you, weigela Centennial is a good hardy one, sumac suckers all over the place - not one I would ever plant again and as mentioned roses - I`m really liking Campfire from the Canadian Artists series - planted one last year out at my brother`s ranch - came back strong after a brutal winter here in the chinook zone - has outperformed some other, older established hardy roses. Anyway, this will give you some ideas. The link will help you to see what some of these look like if you are not familiar with them. Scroll down to Find Plants, click on Find Plants at a Local Garden Centre, choose one and click on it and then click on View All Plants then choose Deciduous Shrubs and you can research to your heart`s content!

Here is a link that might be useful: Deciduous Shribs

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 3:15PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I love my ninebarks as well - i have Coppertina and it has done really well. Centreglow is in the shade and not as nice as Coppertina. I also have a really lovely viburnum (Mohican).

Gil, i have a mockorange that has never bloomed or even flourished. I'm thinking of trying to move it, but not sure where i could put it. It's in an east facing bed and might be a little shaded by a lilac now. Any recommendations?

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 9:44PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

It's weird because my Ninebark Coppertina is very small this year. It did not leaf out until very late, and then the leaves were small and not that full. It is like half its size last year. Very weird....

My dogwood Elegantissima is doing GREAT and is loving its fairly full sun and moist location.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 11:49PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Marcia, I have a few mockoranges around the yard in part shade and they all do well. Maybe it doesn't like your soil? At my old house there was one at the north facing front door and even it did okay but it was leggy.

Sandcherries do not do well around here. I had one and have seen several in commercial plantjngs and they all end up getting shovel pruned because they die to the ground every year, leaving an unsightly mass of dead twigs.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 12:28AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

We have Mockorange in shade and sun, both flower,..this one
is in the sun.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 1:05AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Hmmm. My mockorange is about 3 feet high, about 4 or 5 branches. I've been thinking of moving it for a few years (takes me awhile....), and i think i will try to find another spot for it to see how it will do.

I've been threatening to shovel prune my sandcherry for years. Maybe the mockorange could go there... (Who am i kidding? LOL)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 9:35AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

marciaz3 you could also shovel prune both and acquire two new, even if the same plants. I hear it feels good and is liberating!


    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 10:19AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Yeah, but it sounds too much like work! LOL Actually, i was thinking about where the sandcherry is and it will eventually be overshadowed by a nearby Manitoba maple, so that site is out. Have to think of somewhere else. :)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 10:50AM
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