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WANTED: Shade shrubs wanted in exchange for shade groundcovers

Posted by shadysite 8 (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 10, 09 at 14:13

I am clearing 20 years of English (and poison) ivy off a very shaded (HUGE beech trees) back yard slope. I am looking for all kinds of shade-tolerant and shade loving shrubs and would be happy to do exchanges within 20 miles of the NW DC beltway or in the direction of Annapolis.

I have sweet woodruff, geranium maculatum, Japanese pachysandra, green liriope, plumbago chiniensis, germander, creeping thyme (likes sun).

I pefer relatively short/low to ground native shrubs, but am insterested in:
black chokeberry (arconia melanocarpa), common snowberry (symphoricarpus orbiculatus), cowberry (vacciniumvitis-idaea, fothergilla (fothergilla gardenii),Japanese kerria, lowbush blueberry (vaccinnium augustifolium), New Jersey tea (ceanothus americanus), partridgeberry (mitchella repens), teaberry/wintergreen (gaultheria procumbens), redosier/yellowtwig dogwood (cornus sericea), running serviceberry (amelanchior stolonifera), smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens "Annabelle"), yellowroot (xanthorhiza simplicissima).

Willing to consider other plants as well, once I
read up on them!


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RE: WANTED: Shade shrubs wanted in exchange for shade groundcove

I have PLENTY of both regular and variegated kerria japonica if you want some suckers, also clerodendrum trichotoma (harlequin glorybower -- a nice five-foot shrub that blooms in white fragrant flat panicles, then the berries turn blue while the brachts stay maroon, and then later the leaves go golden before they drop -- definitely a three-season shrub, though again it DOES sucker). I also have a large abelia (really a part-sun shrub, but truly blooms all summer) that I would like to dig up and replace with a blueberry.

I live in Lanham, near NASA -- is that close enough for you?


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