The Q&A Archives: Shrub Suggestions For Under Window

Question: We have an open space directly under our front window that is about 2 1/2 ft wide and about 5 feet long. Being it's directly under our front window, anything we plant there will likely touch the house. My question is, what would be a good low growing shrub (no more than 2-3 ft high) that would grow well in a full sun spot? We would really like something that is a fast grower, stays deep green all year long and blooms some color (maybe purple, white or blue) during spring and summer. Can you help suggest? We thought about jasmine, but is there one type of jasmine that is a fast grower compared to others? What do you think would be ideal for that spot under our window?

Answer: The area you describe sounds as though you'll need a compact grower with a tough constitution. Areas in full sunshine next to a building will also provide lots of reflected heat plus poor air circulation. Jasmine would not be happy there, but Echium, dwarf Cytisus (Broom), Rosemary and Sage will thrive under those conditions. Aptenia cordifolia, Creeping Bougainvillea and Acacia redolens are all low-growing groundcovers that are suitable for the planter, as well. For full descriptions of these plants, consult Sunset Western Garden Book, ISBN# 0-376-03851-9, available at your local library or bookstore.

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