The Q&A Archives: Garden Planning

Question: I'm moving in early June. What flowers, shrubs, and trees can I plant for the summer? Which ones will last through the winter?

Answer: Your choices for shrubs and flowers will depend upon whether the planting site is sunny or shady. And there are lots of shrubs and flowers to choose from! Here a few suggestions:
Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye) Betula albo-sinensis (Chinese Paper Birch)6
Betula nigra ?Heritage? (Heritage River Birch)Betula papyrifera (Paper Birch) Chamaecyparis pisifera (Japanese Falsecypress) Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese Cedar)6
Juniperus scropulorum (Rocky Mountain Juniper) Ostrya virginiana (Ironwood)
Picea pungens (Colorado Blue Spruce) Pinus sylvestris (Scotch Pine) Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir).

Shrubs: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry) Asimina triloba (Pawpaw) Berberis spp. (Barberry) Buddleia davidii (Butterfly bush) Buxus spp. (Boxwood) Caryopteris x clandonensis (Bluebeard) Cephalotaxus harringtonia (Japanese Plum-Yew) Gaultheria procumbens (Creeping Wintergreen) Juniperus horizontalis (Creeping Juniper)
Juniperus conferta (Shore Juniper) Leucothoe spp. (Leucothoe) Nandina domestica (Nandina) Pachysandra procumbens (Allegheny Spurge) Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese Spurge) Sambucus canadensis (American Elderberry) Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (Dwarf Sweet Box) Vinca minor (Periwinkle).

Enjoy your new landscape!

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