The Q&A Archives: Planting Shrubs

Question: According to your website, I am a Zone 8. I am wanting to tear out all existing shrubs in my front yard and replant. I have found several shrubs that I like, but was wondering if you had any recommendations for a small-medium size front yard that will be in full sun for a good portion of the day. It is a flower bed that stretches along the front of the house. Also, what should I do to prepare the soil for replanting? Most importantly, when is the best time to do this replanting-fall, before the weather turns too cold and wet, or next spring? Thank you!

Answer: There are literally hundreds of plants from which to choose so rather than try to list them all, here's a way for you to page through Monrovia's catalog of suitable plants: Go to the Monrovia website and click on "Plant Library Search" (last item in the center column). Enter your zone and sunshine exposure, plus any other attributes important to you. The database will be searched and a listing of plants plus their descriptions will pop up. Enjoy the pages!

You can prepare the soil now for planting next spring, or you can wait until just before planting. Either way, spread 4-5" of organic matter over the entire bed or planting area and dig it in to a depth of about 8". Organic matter (compost, aged-manure, etc.) will loosen the soil and help it drain well.

Best wishes with your new landscape!

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