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need ideas for a shrub

Posted by greenacres OR z7 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 3, 12 at 0:20

We took out a lilac next to the front entrance walkway; it was perfect in framing our steps, except that it suckered like crazy. There's some kind of maple on the other side that's going to have to go too; it grows too fast and wants to be taller and wider than the space allows. But now I need ideas for some shrub/s:
- attractive... right in our view all the time
- doesn't want to be taller than about 12' or so
- the parts up to about 7' or so are not too wide
(up to about 4') and not so dense they block the view
- can handle about half sun
Any ideas? I know a lot about vegetables and edibles but these landscaping things are kind of new to me...

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RE: need ideas for a shrub

deerproof, nice spring flowers, evergreen, likes part shade

PJM rhododendron
nice flowers, likes shade, not too tall, evergreen
It fills a space by us between the front steps and the house, never gets sun.

This post was edited by susanzone5 on Wed, Jan 16, 13 at 14:04

RE: need ideas for a shrub

Some that I've used

Black Lace/Eva Elder, takes well to pruning & has an open habit, & looks a bit like a japanese maple. One of the viburnums? column trellis of jasmine or clematis? Rhodies tend to be wider than taller, but they are very handsome, & the PJM is tough.

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