The Q&A Archives: What kind of scrubs to plant?

Question: I want something to plant in a west facing spot under my front windows. I want small variety, that only gets 3ft. tall,and to go in between two alberta spruce that are about 20yrs. old. these are trimed from the bottom, so they are showing the trunks, and are about 5ft. in height.

Answer: Here are a few suggestions:
Crimson Pygmy Barberry, A dwarf, compact shrub with outstanding deep red to burgundy foliage. It is ideal as an accent or facer plant where color is needed. Height 1-2', Spread 2-3'.

Rudy Haag Burning Bush, A true compact form with the same wonderful fall color. Height 3-5', Spread 3-5'

VIKING BLACK CHOKEBERRY (Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'), A new introduction of Black Chokeberry that tends to be more vigorous and carry a larger leaf. It is a spreading, multi-stemmed shrub with glossy, dark green foliage turning red to purple in fall. Adapted to wet lowland areas. The white flowers in May are followed by clusters of purple-black fruit. Effective in winter, since the fruit is astringent tasting and avoided by birds till later into the winter. Height 3-5', Spread 3-5'

NIKKO DEUTZIA (Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko') A small spreading shrub which is covered with petite, white flowers in late spring. Best suited for use as a ground cover, facer or massing in a border. Rich green foliage turning a deep burgundy or wine color in fall. Not recommended for northern gardens. Height 18-30", Spread 4-6'.

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

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