Evergreen Shrubs for Western Exposure

BrandyWine99(6A)May 30, 2012

Hello, everyone!

I am looking to plant some evergreen shrubs as foundational plants. I have a Western exposure with full sun. In the past, other perennials have done well here, such as a firebush which was very overgrown when we moved here. I want a good shrub for privacy and to block the sun on that side of the house, which is brutal. I want plants that grow quickly to at least 10 ft. I love azaleas and rhododendrons, but I assume that they want more shade, and most ones I locate by searching on the web do not get as large as I want (sun-loving dwarf-types that stop at about 4 ft.). I was thinking also of Rose of Sharon, but it is deciduous here, I believe, and I would like year-round foliage. I would also like a flowering shrub if possible.

Does anyone have any suggestions? :)

Thanks so much!


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Definitely NOT rhododendrons or azaleas in that exposure. You might consider Schipka Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). I believe it gets to 6-8 feet tall and wide, so you'll have to plant away from the house. It does flower (flowers do attract bees if that is a concern). It's a difficult exposure though. Used to live in a brick house and by late afternoon it was hotter than h@// . Have boxwood and bay laurel now on the current western side but the house is white so not as hot. Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 8:21AM
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