Irises forum: Little evergreen trees to go around iris without blocking the sun.

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Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Aug 28, 2014 9:59 AM CST
I took these pictures for Bonnie. They aren't iris....although I saw some good spots to put NOIDs.

My little boxwoods that top off at 5 feet and other trees that are supposed to top off at 16 feet max are posted. Of course, anything can be trimmed or bonsaied.

I also planted a number of larger evergreens - American and Green Giant Thujas that are supposed to stop somewhere around 40 - 50 feet; 3 spruce to 150 feet and a pile of Scotch Pine 50 - 60 feet. Those large ones will create a forest garden for trillium, Lady Slippers, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and the like. All of the big trees went on the northwest side of the house where the sun last shines in the winter anyway. As they increase in size, sun loving flowers will be moved or migrate themselves into the sun.
Thumb of 2014-08-28/Linneaj/93c3e9 Chicagoland Boxwood. Has grown maybe 5 inches fluffier in 3 years and is 15? inches now. This one keeps its beautiful color all winter without that blah browning of many evergreens.


Abies Koreana Aurea - Dwarf Korean Fir - often sold as a Bonsai and can be quite expensive. I got mine on eBay for $13 delivered and it was very healthy! This tree should be about 8 feet high in 10 years and will top off at 16. I may move it closer to the house so I can see it from my massage studio window. Here is one on eBay so you can see better pictures. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Abies-Koreana-Aurea-Fir-Rare-evergre...


Thumb of 2014-08-28/Linneaj/4e2e8f An Emerald Arborvitae - supposed to get 20 - 25 feet high and 2.5 feet wide with 2 boxwoods. These are surrounded by a mulberry bush, a cherry and a plum tree that will be kept under 20 feet. The front of that garden is screaming for some Siberian iris that need to be separated.


Thumb of 2014-08-28/Linneaj/99b80a My good neighbor's ugly stuff pile and chain link fence. The little boxwoods at the bottom will grow just high enough to cover this without stealing sunshine. I am going to prune these so they fill out more. The prunings will be stuck in the ground to start new plants.



Thumb of 2014-08-28/Linneaj/3b3955 A male and female holly, supposed to go to 12 feet next to a Blue Spruce that will get really tall unless it is pruned. The hollies come in a number of sizes, but can all be pruned. Zone checking is important with holly. Many wouldn't work in colder zones, but enough do. A male and female are needed for berries.


Thumb of 2014-08-28/Linneaj/ec3d97 A close up of Korean Boxwood.


Thumb of 2014-08-28/Linneaj/07a19a Dwarf Alberta Spruce - supposed to get 12' tall and 12' wide.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Aug 28, 2014 11:40 AM CST
Thank you Linnea. I have a lot of evergreens that I have collected over the years. I have managed to collect them in dark greens, goldens and tree greens. My favorite is the carpets or weeping ones. I am working on getting several more weeping types. I was interested in chicagoland because you had noted the round shape. I don't have any that will keep that particular shape. I will keep a lookout for it and I will be trying actively to find some weeping evergreens..... and any listed as dwarf. smiles
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Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Aug 28, 2014 12:00 PM CST
If you tree mail me your address, I will send you a good sized cutting of Chicagoland. It can go First Class for $2, so don't worry about the $.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 28, 2014 3:32 PM CST
Do topiary & they won't get too tall.
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Aug 28, 2014 6:41 PM CST
Good idea. I planted Siberians in front of the the Emerald Arborvitae and the boxwoods next to it.
Thumb of 2014-08-29/Linneaj/0281d4 NoID for now.

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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Aug 28, 2014 8:05 PM CST
Beautiful evergreens Linnea!!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 28, 2014 8:29 PM CST
And a beautiful iris!
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Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Aug 28, 2014 8:58 PM CST
That one came from a Craigslist free ad. A woman wanted her yard thinned. My son went and got a Lilac, a Mock Orange, and a Plum tree; a clump of daylilies - one that bloomed is Kwanso, a clump of Siberians and then a darker vinca and some violets that were around the bases of the trees.

This year, my CRV full of NOIDs, and another load of daylilies came from free ads on Craigslist. It is worth checking.


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