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Question: i am building a new landscaped area in front of my fenced yard. the area is 100 ft long and 3 ft wide. it gets a pretty good amount of sun during the day. what would you suggest to put in this area?

Answer: With only 3' in width you will want to plant dwarf shrubs so they won't hang out over the bed. Here are a few suggestions:
Berberis buxifolia ?pygmaea? (Dwarf Magellan Barberry) grows 18" tall and wide. The foliage of this plant is evergreen and reddish-green in color. It is one of the
hardiest evergreen barberries.

Bruckenthalia spiculifolia (Balkan Spike Heath) 10". It has pale flowers on spikes in mid-June and the foliage is evergreen.

Buxus microphylla ?Compacta? (Littleleaf Boxwood) 12". The foliage is evergreen and very dense. Much broader than tall.

Chaenomeles japonica (dwarf or prostrate forms of Flowering Quince) grows to 3'.
The flowers in shades of red, pink and orange appear in early May. The variety ?Alpina? is only l? high and very dense. This variety has orange flowers.

Chamaecyparis obtusa (dwarf False Cypress) 3'. Dwarf evergreen shrubs with varying colored foliage. Useful as individual specimens in a garden of low shrubs and evergreens.

Calluna vulgaris (Heather) grows 6-12". The flowers vary from white to red and bloom in the summer and early fall. The foliage is evergreen with various autumn colors. Use as a ground cover or lowgrowing foundation plant.

Caryopteris X clandonensis (Bluebeard) 3' A late summer flowering deciduous shrub with grayish foliage. The clusters of slender blue spikes provide interesting color to the landscape.

Lonicera alpigena ?Nana? (Dwarf Alps Honeysuckle) 3' This variety has erect branches and bright red, drooping, cherry-like fruit.

Hope one of these suggestions works for you!

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