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any thoughts about plants in shade?

Posted by dentiphile PA (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 19, 13 at 15:36

Hi All,

In my backyard I have a row of maples? I planted a row of burning bush and viburnum. I also planted 4 schip laurels for evergreen. We put in a wired fence between my neighbor and I. I wanted to plant some things back there for all winter privacy. Any thoughts?

Thanks!


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Burning bush does best in full sun and is considered invasive across much of the eastern half of the US......I might reconsider that choice.

Maples are notoriously hard to underplant, so starting with something small initially is often advised. Check out plants that are recommended for dry shade. Not all of these may appropriately hardy for you but check out sweet box (Sarcococca), Japanese laurel (Aucuba japonica), yews, any type of cherry or English laurel (like the Schipka), Kerria japonica, Oregon grape holly (Mahonia cvts).

Pulling the planting area out in front of the maples will increase your choices, both by increasing the amount of sunlight available as well as less interference from tree roots.


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"Pulling the planting area out in front of the maples will increase your choices, both by increasing the amount of sunlight available as well as less interference from tree roots." I was going to say the same thing. It looks like there's ample space for a nice, sunny bed, leaving a walkway between that and the trees/shrubs. Then you would have enough light for some larger evergreens, and some more floriferous, smaller plants for summer interest also.


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