The Q&A Archives: Will Carissa Holly do well in zone 6?

Question: We are moving from the sandhills of NC to near Edinburg, VA. I can find no Carissa hollies in the area and would like to use them as foundation plants. Also would like to use Blue Pacifica juniper. Will these plants do well in that area? The local landscaper says they wont (he doesn't carry them). However, you list these plants as the same zones as Burford and another juniper which the landscaper does carry and recommends. Please advise.

Answer: The concern with these plants is not their cold hardiness but their inability to perform well in the heat zone in Edinburg, VA. If you can find none of these plants in the area, it is quite likely they will fail after a season or two. I think you'll have better success with Nandina (heavenly bamboo), Pieris, or Viburnum as foundation plants.

Best wishes with your new landscape!

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