The Q&A Archives: Garden Planning

Question: I cleared out about 6 feet of space in the front of my house last year. I planted two azalea's which didn't survive the
winter, I left a small creeping juniper & a small heather. I'd like to add depth and color, but I don't know what to
plant, my house get morning sun, and it faces east. Any suggestions?

Answer: Morning sun is a lovely type of light because it is gentle enough to accommodate azaleas and yet strong enough for sunlovers like junipers. You might try again with azaleas or small rhododendrons, being sure that the soil is acidic, moist yet well drained (meaning not soggy) and also well supplied with organic matter. These plants are very shallow rooted and so require a light mulch year round, too. Alternatives might be the traditional clipped yews or perhaps some of the summer blooming shrubs such as the pink flowered spireas or the red or gold dwarf barberries with their different foliage tones. Euonymous would be another easy-care low growing shrub. You might also consider a small tree such as a serviceberry, redbud, dogwood, or deciduous magnolia with a mix of shrubs and ground cover such as creeping myrtle beneath it. There are so many choices!

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