The Q&A Archives: Shrubs for full sun in Eastern Shore, MD

Question: I have a bed in front of my small house that gets full sun. It is approx. 32ft.long, which is split by a very tiny porch. There is about 20' on one side and about 8'on the other side of the porch. It is 3'6

Answer: Foundation plantings are very much a matter of personal taste, combined with selecting plants that will mature to fit the space, and also plants that will thrive in the planting site. For example, if you like the Chesapeake but it is too large, you could consider transplanting the crowded azaleas or else removing the Chesapeake. If you like a formal look, I would suggest using all the same plant such as azaleas along the front. Then put a contrasting plant on the end corners or each side of the door for accent. The holly might make a nice corner specimen. They do not however have to be symmetrical, you could do all azaleas on one side and all hollies on the other. Depending on the cultivar of the holly, one holly alone may fill the eight foot side.

To some extent it really depends on the way the combined look of the porch and shrubbery would complement the overall house and landscape best. It also depends whether it faces east, south, or west in terms of the best plant selection. So it is nearly impossible to make specific suggestions long distance. I would suggest you take a photo of this side of your house along with a few measurements (overall length, width of the porch, depth of the planting bed, height of windows) and see if your local professional nursery staff can help you figure out how best to do this. Good luck with your planting!

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