The Q&A Archives: What to plant along a curve on a rural road?

Question: Our house is located in a rural area, sits up on a hill above a long, u-shaped curve in the road in front. When driving down our road that curve and the house above can be seen from some distance. What can we plant along the curve that will enhance the rural landscape, not cut off our valley views from above (no 30' trees wanted therefore), be simple and yet low-maintenance? I've thought of pink crabapple trees, forsythia bushes -- but I'm a city girl and could use some expert advice. Thank you!

Answer: You might want to try something a bit more cold and wind tolerant for a rural location. Lilacs would be a traditional choice in your area and meet the other criteria as well. Smaller crabapple cultivars could also be suitable, be sure to check the mature height of any variety you consider and make sure your selection is considered disease resistant. Another possibility might be Rugosa roses or old fashioned single flowered peonies. Your local county extension and certified nurseryman might have additional suggestions. Enjoy your project!

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