Shrub suggestions

msbattApril 19, 2007

I need suggestions for some foundation plantings with a western exposure. I want easy-care things, mostly shrubs, that stay SMALL---like three feet or less. And ideas?

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bigorangevol(Nashville)

Boxwoods!!!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2007 at 11:15PM
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myrtleoak(z7 TN)

There is a dwarf English Laurel (Otto something?) that seems popular these days. There's a small broadleaf evergreen called Cleyera (sp?) that I like that also has some red color in it. Makes me think of a dwarf photina or something. Also check out something called a Skimmia.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2007 at 2:44AM
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edb2n(7)

I believe the cleyaras get really big. 10' or so in a reasonable amount of time. They have some very old ones down further South that are 40'+.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2007 at 10:13AM
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msbatt

I HATE boxwoods. (*grin*)I want something 'pretty', and something that the BF won't have to do anything to---'cause he ain't gonna.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2007 at 7:42PM
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bigorangevol(Nashville)

I LOVE our Boxwoods! They are pretty and I can trim them to any shape I want. They are low-to-no maintenance and work as hedges, solitary shrubs, containers, ornamentals, and topiary's. What more could you ask for? I got some Horticulture magizine a few months back and the cover story was on Boxwoods. WOW! They were freakin' awesome! But if you don't like them then that's cool; to each his or her own. We have minatures too!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2007 at 11:09PM
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myrtleoak(z7 TN)

Skimmia skimmia skimmia

    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 12:57AM
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nashvillegardener_06

That dwarf English laurel is "Otto Lukens" and they do very well here. Mine came through the recent horrific freeze with flying colors!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 12:39PM
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myrtleoak(z7 TN)

If the area is somewhat shady, you can always plant some camellias!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2007 at 12:39AM
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mrsmoody(6b)

We just planted 5 Otto Luyken Laurels in the front of our house (which is very shady most of the day) - they look really beautiful, and I think they're supposed to bloom profusely with tiny white flowers even in dense shade (or so my Home Depot landscaping book says....)

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 2:45AM
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