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evergreens or privary plantings and shrubs with color

Posted by dpoole z6 MA (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 4, 06 at 13:08

I have a brook at the base of my backyard and the bottom part of my yard is pretty wet. In the area, there is a lot of brush, wild roses, etc. and willows hanging over from neighbors property. I'm looking for two things:

1. pretty shrubs that will add color or interest of some sort, especially in the winter (the birds love the area, so berries that attract the birds are a plus).

2. Evergreens to plant in the brush (not on the parameter) to block the winter view that I have of homes behind me.

I'm already planning to put a couple of stands of river birch in my yard in front of the brush.

Anything that I plant in the brush area has to like having its feet wet.


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RE: evergreens or privary plantings and shrubs with color

  • Posted by kwoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 13, 06 at 10:09

Spicebush and seviceberry.

RE: evergreens or privary plantings and shrubs with color

service berry (check the type some cultivars like dry), some viburnums (some of which are evergreen), swamp mallow (hardy swamp hibiscus), white cedar, tamarack, some cercis (redbud), swamp holly, dogwood

you may want to do a little research into what is native for your area

RE: evergreens or privary plantings and shrubs with color

You might want to look into Salix integra 'Hakura nishiki', aka Dappled Willow. If left to its own devices, it will grow quickly to 10' tall, with an equal spread. It's variegated foliage is very pretty, and the new growth is pale pink. The stems are coral in winter. It's pretty much a four season interest shrub and it loves wet feet.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dappled Willow on the Monrovia Site

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