The Q&A Archives: big flowering shrubs/trees

Question: The space on the side of my driveway which backs up to the garage has been bad luck for me. My zebra grasses died, my Alberta spruce died and now its just a hole. I would like to plant a big flowering shrub that will last in the

Answer: Before planting anything else, I would amend the soil with some organic matter to loosen it so roots can establish and also to help it drain well yet hold just the right of moisture. This should help your new shrub thrive. Some hardy and adaptable shrubs for your region include:

Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) Flowers in the spring. Dark, evergreen leaves. Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions.

Pieris (Pieris japonica) is a popular flowering shrub that blooms in early spring. But you?ll see flower buds develop in winter and dangle down. Dark, evergreen leaves. Grow in moist, acidic soil and full sun to partial shade.

Pussy willow (Salix species). This shrub has soft, fuzzy flowers called catkins in late winter. Prefers moist soil and full or part sun.

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