The Q&A Archives: Replacing old shrubs

Question: My 7 Compacta Hollies are 30 yrs old & in poor condition. Replace w/what shrubs? Area receives full afternoon sun; windows 5' from soil area; other plants include Dwarf Yaupon Hollies, 1 lge. Burfordi Holly, variegated liriope. Compactas are at front steps w/4' tall brick entry. Would like good texture, low maintenance. Suggestions?? Thanks!

Answer: Variegated Osmanthus is a slow growing evergreen flowering shrub. It has glossy green leaves that are edged in white. It has white inconspicuous flowers in late summer and fall and is a very attractive shrub. Crape Myrtle 'Cherry Dazzle? is a new dwarf introduction from Dr. Michael Dirr at the University of Georgia. The Razzle Dazzle series of Crape Myrtles were selected for ease of care, mildew resistance and all around good looks. 'Ruby? is a dwarf variety of Loropetalum. Loropetalum is often called Chinese Fringe Flower, because of its Witch Hazel-like flowers. ?Ruby? only reaches 4 feet in height at maturity.

Hope one of these shrubs appeals to you.

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