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Lilac companions/evergreen

Posted by Diane_in_MA z6 MA (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 25, 05 at 14:22

I started a border garden 4 yrs ago with 4 President Grevy lilac bushes which are now 5-6 ft tall, 4 feet wide, and planted about 8 feet apart. They are growing slowly and I would like to add some winter interest with something evergreen and have the important bonus of privacy from neighbors. It is a SW corner location on the lot. There are woods south of the planting area so there is some shade in afternoon, but it does average moderate sun. I've had no luck anywhere in the yard with mountain laurel, so that's not an option. The soil is heavy and rocky, but I will bring in new soil for the new plants. The lilacs get powdery mildew every year but bloom beautifully in spring. Any suggestions for evergreen companions that are fast growing and hardy?

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RE: Lilac companions/evergreen

either a red-twigged dogwood or burning bush would give you the winter interest, the burning bush is REALLY fast growing

(though they naturalize a little too freely for some people, under our maple and walnut canopy, anything that LIVES is a blessing)

RE: Lilac companions/evergreen

Burning Bush is one of the shrubs we are asked not plant because the birds reseed it to the degree that indigenous plants are endangered.

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