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Need help finding the perfect native

Posted by kesflower 6 - VA (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 3, 12 at 20:54

We're finally putting some foundation plantings in the front of our house (the previous owners had grass right up to the siding) and we're 99% sure we're gonna use blueberries in part of the bed, so the soil will be pretty acid. I'm looking for a shrub/evergreen/native SOMETHING to go on the corner, preferably 6-8 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide (4 feet is the width of the bed and we'd like not too much encroaching into the yard). I LOVE the look of mountain laurel, but have no idea what cultivar to use. Is this even the forum to ask this question? We definitely want something native to the east coast and something that will not require too much pruning/training to reach that 6-8' x 4-5' shape (I've got enough garden maintenance with the blueberries and some roses that we have elsewhere on the property)

Thanks for any suggestions!


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RE: Need help finding the perfect native

Mountain laurels prefer slightly alkaline soil and they love limestone. Good news is once they're established they're very hard to kill.


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RE: Need help finding the perfect native

Aaaand that wasn't what you asked >__< Sorry!


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RE: Need help finding the perfect native

Perhaps one of the native Azaleas?

Here is a link that might be useful: Native Azaleas


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RE: Need help finding the perfect native

There are so many mountain laurel cultivars - in all sizes!

Here is a link that might be useful: Some choices


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RE: Need help finding the perfect native

Oak leaf hydrangeas are a lot easier to nurture than mountain laurels, in my opinion. Beautiful plant. Very easy to grow.


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RE: Need help finding the perfect native

Carolina rhododendron! They are really nice - The leaves turn burgundy with the return of cool weather. They are a parent of the common PJM rhododendron - Not terribly hard to grow.

Mountain laurel requires strongly acidic, well-drained soils, by the way. NOT a lime-lover.


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