suggestions please!

Mandyvilla(7a No.VA)May 19, 2014

Situation: End unit town home, sidewalk ends at my door, but beyond my little yard (big magnolia and cedar on my property, maple on common area) there is a split rail fence that is meant to deter people from cutting through.....but guess what, it's not. It appears the only thing that deters them is when I am working in the yard.

The fence belongs to the HOA, but I can plant on my side w/out any issues, even climbers (the HOA would probably appreciate it). The area is very dense shade to speckled sunlight. Trud shade loving plants required. There's no way I am putting my Hosta over there, they'll get trampled quickly. (I'm dreaming pyracantha, but that would be a bit meaner than the message I want). I would say I have 2 sections of fence to plant, and then there are the 2 sections beyond the 2 where the cut-through is occuring. The two sections beyond is not my in my yard, but I'm betting a vine wouldn't be a problem, as long as it originated on my side.

Really, besides shade, the biggest issue is roots. Anyone have any suggestions for a deterent? I'll try to get a pic up later.....this is my first spring in the home and it's just as much about ripping out and moving as it is planting.

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CEFreeman(DC/MD Burbs 7B)

I'm confused.
People tromp through this area and you won't waste hosta there, yet you still want to plant something? Why?

As viciously as I react to poison ivy, I suggest you plant that and put up a sign.

There are several things that would easily survive that environment, but with people killing your plants, no. Not from me.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 11:44PM
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Mandyvilla(7a No.VA)

I want a deterrent - something that says "too much trouble to go this way." But I also want something I wouldn't mid looking at. Hosta would be like hunting with a b-b gun.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 6:47AM
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philipw2(7 MD/DC)

My Osmanthus goshiki grow in dense shade. Their common name is false holly so the leaves would just be enough to deter. Nicely verigated. Lovely all year long. A real workhorse of a shrub.

Very slow growing. After 10 years mine are not even 40 inches tall.

Better nurseries carry them.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 3:50PM
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yardenman(z7 MD)

Barberry bushes will solve your problem.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 4:53AM
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