The Q&A Archives: Choice of plants for front yard

Question: When we purchased a model home, we found a row of pretty, dark-pink blooming azeleas as the dominant feature in a bed all along the front of the house. The shrubs face East, but also get a lot of Southern sun from the side for many hours. After three years, the shrubs don't do so well. Several have yellow leaves despite us ferilizing them with Miracle Gro for acid loving plants. We might have to replace the azeleas next spring. Since the shrubs in front are such a dominant feature, we would like to replace them with an equally appealing shrub. We thought of your Loropetalum chinese

Answer: Loropetalum does get large very quickly so these shrubs might not be the best for the site you describe. Another shrub, ROSE GLOW JAPANESE BARBERRY
Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow', might be a better fit for the space. Its graceful branching makes a wonderful hedge, barrier planting or single accent. Deep rose-red glow over mottled white and green foliage in spring. Bright red berries in fall and winter. Deciduous. Full sun. Slow grower to 5 feet tall, 4 feet wide.

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