Plant selection idea needed

dennis_ashworth(Z8 Western WA)May 7, 2006

I have a 3'W x 45'L strip between my driveway apron and a chain link fence. This is an area which receives direct afternoon sun and is habitually wet. Further more, the sun heats the asphalt apron material adjacent to the strip. It's a hot, damp place in the summer! I'm looking for something low (maybe 18"-36"), evergreen and tolerate of the sun and moisture. It needs to be fairly low as my garden is on the other side of the fence and looks inviting, so I don't want to block that view. Some have suggested Japanese barberry, but the ones I have here currently are 3-5 feet tall - too tall for this application.

Anything come to mind????

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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

Myrtle....AKA Vinca Minor....maybe pachysandra....lily of the valley?
But all those things "crawl" and you would have to keep them out of your garden.
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 8, 2006 at 12:09PM
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party_music50

How about Euonymus? (Euonymus fortunei `Green and Gold' is gorgeous!). It will take the sun, love the moisture, and is in the shorter end of your preferred height range -- it's also evergreen.

A close-up photo can be seen here: http://www.floriculture.com/images/packtrials2002/Euonymus_GreenGold.jpg

    Bookmark   May 9, 2006 at 12:08AM
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party_music50

You might also want to try something like a few 'Purple Gem' dwarf rhododendrons intermixed with 'Green and Gold' euonymus... it would look fabulous in spring when it blooms! :)

    Bookmark   May 9, 2006 at 7:36AM
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