The Q&A Archives: Landscaping

Question: I had a row of Azaleas at the front of my house. Over the years, many died, so I had the remainder pulled up. What is good to plant close to the front of the house, that DOESN'T need trimming/pruning?

Answer: Most living plants will eventually need pruning, but the following suggestions are reasonably low maintenance shrubs:
Abelia grandiflora (glossy abelia), slow growing for sun or part shade, grows 3-4' tall and wind. Flowers in spring.

Aucuba japonica 'nana' (dwarf aucuba), slow growth rate, prefers shade, upright rounded growth habit, grows 2-3' high, 3-4' wide.

Berberis thunbergii var. 'Atropurpurea' (Crmison Pygmy red Japanese barberry), medium growth rate, full sun, rounded shape, 3-6' tall and wide.

Buxus microphylla (littleleaf boxwood) slow growing, sun to part shade, compact rounded shape 3-4' tall and wide.

Buxus sempervirens (true dwarf boxwwod), very slow growing, 3-4' tall, 4-5' wide.

Chaenomeles japonica (Japanese flowering quince), sun to part shade with a rounded growth habit; 3-4' tall and wide.

Cotoneaster dammeri (bearberry cotoneaster) medium growth rate, full sun, white flowers and red fruit, grows 1-2' tall and 3-5' wide.

Daphne odora (Winter Daphne), slow growth rate, rounded habit, 2-3' tall and wide; fragrant winter flowers.

Deutzia gracilis (slender deutzia) slow growth rate, sun or part shade, grows 2-3' tall, 3-4' wide.

Euonymus japonicus (dwarf japanese euonymus) fast growth rate, sun or shade, oval form, grows 2-3' tall and wide.

Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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