Shrub report. Long.
Not sure this will be useful for anyone besides me, but I need to record it
for what it's worth.
I don't mind spraying the egg/pepper stuff on tulips and lilies,
but I've decided I will NOT coddle shrubs, wrap them in burlap, build
chicken wire cages or generally worry about them off-season.
Here's my list:
Dead and gone:
Arborvitae, 2 varieties (2, deer)
Itea Virginica (2, not happy?)
Kerria Japonica (1, poor drainage???)
Rosa 'Westerland' (1, deer)
Four other Rosa, forget which.
Sand cherry, (2, deer)
Japanese maple (1, deer)
Sambucus nigra (4, exposure?)
Pieris 'Dorothy Wyckoff'
Euonymous alata and all its kin (13,rabbits)
Ilex crenata 'Sky pencil' (3,desiccated)
Sumac 'Tiger eye' (1, rabbits)
Fothergilla (2, rabbits)
Lovely but questionable:
Pieris 'Mountain fire' (4, partial chronic windburn)
Cytisis, 2 varieties, (4, rabbits) (OUCH! I didn't know)
Dwarf Alberta spruce, (10 total, 2, spidermites)
Mugo pine, (7 total, 4, sawfly larvae, mostly picked off)
St.Johnswort, 2 varieties (6 total, 2 dead, 3 ailing, unknown)
Rosa 'Julia Child' (frost, rabbits)
Rosa 'Brass band' (-"-)
Deutzia gracilis (don't know what's ailing it. Sulking.)
Probably past danger:
Viburnum 'Burkwoodii' (2, 1, rabbits first season)
Japanese Quince, (1, deer first season)
Cotinus coggygria, (5, rabbits on 3 newly planted)
Weigela 'Wine and roses' (5)(small specimens vulnerable to deer, rabbits)
Willow, almost white/pink foliage, smaller one got chewed,
large one untouched.
Boxwood 'Green mountain' (4)
Buddleja, 6 varieties (8 or more total) One died, 'Honeycomb', but it was rootbound and dry in the container (Augustine)
Hydrangea (climbing) (2)
Hydrangea 'Limelight' (2)(favorable locations?)
Variegated Dogwood shrubs (3)
Calycanthus floridus (1)
Lilac, 5 varieties (45-50, all thriving)
Rose of Sharon, blue variety (1)
Hardy Hibiscus (6)
Clethra alnifolia (7 or more) One died, soil too dry.
Rosa 'New Dawn' (4)
Rosa 'Popcorn' (1)
Hinoki cypress (1)
Juniper, one dwarf 2 topiary
Red osier Dogwood (2)
Mock orange (1)
Russian sage (6)
Those are all I can remember right now.
Seems worth it to get larger specimens, the little ones get eaten.
I'm planning a large area with many Boxwood, Miscanthus, Yucca and golden Catalpa.
Any flowers from Clematis only.
Would be nice if it could just be mowed, not a whole mulched bed.
What do YOU do with "shrubberies"?
Any comments, suggestions or questions welcome!