I need your experiences/advice on planting Photinia in dry dappled shade.
In early Spring this year, staff in two great local garden centers advised me against buying Photinia for a hedge in a dry shaded spot in my garden. They made it sound like Photinia had little merit, was over used, and prone to blight in certain areas. Basically any Gardener worth their salt wouldn't plant Photinia. I listened to their advice and bought Portugese Laurel instead; the laurel is doing nicely and has been passed up by recent deer visitors.
But I still have neighboring eyesores to block and I'm envious of the healthy looking red tipped Photinias in my locale (Portland Metro region). I need some relief from all the green in my garden.
If I "give in" and plant some Photinia, am I commiting some great evil; will lightning strike my favorite trees, a swarm of locust the rest of my plants?
Any thoughts or comments on my dilemma?
Is there something better out there for dry shade than red-tipped Photinia?