The Q&A Archives: Plant Suggestion

Question: My kitchen window looks out to a fence facing SW with a 5' depth. I want to plant something that I can enjoy looking at. I love topiaries, blooming plants, evergreens with attractive leaves, good smelling plants. I have a star jasmine also. I need to keep it about 2' in diameter so I can walk by it. What do you recommend? I'm in zone 7. Thanks for your time, Judi

Answer: Here are a couple of suggestions:
Spiraea japonica 'Shirobana' Small deciduous shrub having bright green leaves on slender stems. From red buds white and deep pink bloom clusters cover this dwarf, dense, mounded plant in summer. Wonderful for border accent, specimen or low hedges. Full sun. Moderate grower to 2 to 3 feet high and wide.

Hydrangea serrata 'Woodlander'Romantic small shrub with soft coloring is excellent for smaller spaces. Reliably produces numerous heads of dainty lacecap flowers in shell pink. Flowers mid to late summer over many weeks until fall. Small-scale leaves takes on a purplish cast in fall for late season variety. Dense growth and rounded habit. Deciduous shrub. Partial sun. Moderate to fast growth to 4 feet tall and wide.

Viburnum opulus 'Nanum'Deciduous shrub grown for its dense mounding habit and small size. The many branches are covered with small glossy tri-lobed leaves. Handsome hedge or filler plant. Flowering is sporadic. Full sun. Moderate grower to 2 to 2? feet high and wider.

Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' beautiful flowering shrub in every way. Well sized compact plants flower in spring with a super abundance of white flowers. Large 3 inch inflorences bear a lacecap ring of sterile florets surrounding a center of small fertile blossoms. Red translucent fruits that follow are ornamental well into the fall after leaf drop. Lush green maple-like leaves take on rich burgundy hues in Autumn. High wildlife value. Top rated foundation shrub at high visibility positions. Lovely informal hedge or use in shrub borders. Showy enough to use as single specimen or group them for greater impact. Deciduous shrub. Full to partial sun. Fast growing to 4 to 5 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide.

Hope one of these shrubs appeals to you!

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