The Q&A Archives: Landscaping

Question: Along the side of our new extension facing East we have 54'x4' set aside for gardening. The site is in Columbia County, Elizaville, NY. The garden gets early morning sun through out the morning till noon time. I like to plant different colors of Rhododendron, Holly, Azalea and low growing evergreens blend in with bulbs of Lilies, Peonis or hibiscus. Any recommendations? Thanks. Theresa

Answer: Although the planting bed is quite long, it is rather narrow so I'd choose dwarf shrubs. Full sized shrubs will overgrow the area within a few years. Very small shrubs that might do well there are dwarf rhododendrons (I love 'Purple Gem'), Euonymus ('Emerald and Gold'), barberry, dwarf mugo pine, and dwarf barberry. They require very little maintenance and all but the barberry will retain their leaves through winter. Peonies need lots of sunshine so they aren't a good choice for the area, but you can grow Dicentra (bleeding heart), Japanese anemone, hosta and coral bells in the area. Enjoy your new garden!

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