The Q&A Archives: Need a plant -----> 3'+

Question: I have a large picture window that needs a plant. The sun starts from the back of the house and crosses over the house; therefore, this area gets partial sun (after 1pm). Any thoughts on a plant?
The plants surrounding this area is a 8' weeping alaskan and a 3'diameter (~4ft tall) weeping fountain cherry (I ordered a blue spruce for that area at the end of the house). This is a brown brick house.

In summary, looking out the picture windown, on the immediate left is the blue spruce (not in yet), the area of the picture window that needs the plant, to the immediate right is the weeping alaskan and in front of the picture windown by 15 feet is the weeping snow fountain cherry. Thanks for your help
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Answer: Based on your description I think you may already have enough plants in that area. The reason is that the ones you have already planted will grow taller and wider in in time and fill in. It would be a shame to remove one later on as it reaches its prime just because it is too crowded.

If you really want to add to your planting, I would suggest you take a sketch and/or some photos (along with measurements) of the overall area and consult with your local professional nursery staff and/or your local county extension. They should be able to advise you based on a more detailed understanding of the planting area (size, plants already planted, wind exposure, sun exposure, soil type and moisture levels) and your overall design goals.

In the meantime, if you need something to visually fill in the open space while you are waiting for the trees to grow, you might enjoy some of the newer low maintenance landscape roses such as the KnockOut series. These bloom over an extended period and require very little care. They should do well on the west side of the house.

I hope this helps.

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