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Name: Sheree
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REEREETAYLOR
Mar 31, 2015 1:47 PM CST
I have a one hundred ft porch and I'm looking to put a shrub (evergreen) along the side that blooms a lot... does anyone have any suggestions on what shrub that would work best....and will be able to handle the weather that falls between 15 degrees to 101 degrees throughout the year....
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tarev
Mar 31, 2015 2:03 PM CST
You can try Cotoneaster shrubs. They have blooms and lovely colorful berries too.
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eclayne
Mar 31, 2015 2:29 PM CST

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Hi REEREE, Welcome to ATP.
Could you describe your climate a bit or provide a general location? Dry or wet summers,...
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 31, 2015 2:50 PM CST
Tell us the direction your porch faces, that would also help. eg. If it's on the north side of the house, the shrubs would need to tolerate shade but on the south side they'd be in the sun. Are there trees near the area you want to plant?

Does the roof shed water onto the bed where the shrubs will be?

How tall do you want your shrubs to grow? Are you looking for a privacy screen, or just a low, decorative easy care border?

Do you want evergreen shrubs or is it ok to have them lose their leaves in winter?
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Name: Sheree
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REEREETAYLOR
Mar 31, 2015 7:02 PM CST
Evan-I live in south Georgia... mostly dry summers wet winters, occasional freeze and frost... also the soil is mostly sand...
Elaine- the porch faces west so they would get full Sun from about 11a.m. until dark... there are no trees or shade at all and the roof does not shed water onto the bed cause the porch is about 14' wide...I would like the shrubs to grow about 6' tall...looking for easy care border... I would like for them to be evergreen yet I would like for them to bloom colorful flowers throughout the warmer months...
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Dutchlady1
Mar 31, 2015 7:08 PM CST
I wonder if Hibiscus would work. They sure tick all the boxes.
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Zencat
Mar 31, 2015 8:12 PM CST
Some of the shrub crepe myrtles would do too.
Name: Sheree
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REEREETAYLOR
Apr 1, 2015 4:35 AM CST
Hetty... I have had several hibiscus and the cold always gets them but they are beautiful... I have even tried bringing them in but they die every time...
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Dutchlady1
Apr 1, 2015 5:24 AM CST
Maybe some of the Hardy Hibiscus then? Not as flashy but nonetheless very satisfying.
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Apr 1, 2015 7:26 AM CST
Sounds like a perfect spot for Gardenias! I might also add a few Rosemary.
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 1, 2015 8:46 AM CST
Gardenias would be lovely there, and they are evergreen plus stay about the size you want. A little slow-growing though.

There are now some varieties available that re-bloom so you wouldn't have one flush of bloom in the spring, and then nothing. 'August Beauty' is one that re-blooms and there are others.

The other one I'd consider is Sambucus 'Black Lace' Elderberry (Sambucus nigra Black Laceโ„ข) although it is deciduous. The foliage is just lovely, plus they are hardy and grow fairly quickly but take very well to pruning to keep them at a size you will like. It only blooms in the spring, though, but then has berries through the summer and fall for interest, and they attract birds. The foliage varies from dark green to burgundy, and turns a lovely red in the fall.
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Apr 1, 2015 10:10 AM CST
There are quite a number of shrub roses that would be evergreen in your climate and bloom repeatedly much of the year. Look particularly at the Earth Kind and disease resistant ones.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 1, 2015 11:58 AM CST
I vote for gardenias. Evergreen, bloom all summer, good for vase-cuttings, and they smell deviiiiiiiine! Lovey dubby
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Zencat
Apr 1, 2015 12:14 PM CST
Hmmm...100' of gardenia fragrance. Seems a bit overwhelming?
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Apr 1, 2015 12:22 PM CST
Azalea comes to mind.
Name: Sheree
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REEREETAYLOR
Apr 1, 2015 1:22 PM CST
Thank you all for all your suggestions... its been really helpful... Hurray!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 1, 2015 1:29 PM CST
Let us know what you decide, ReeRee. I live vicariously off other's gardening plans. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Zencat
Apr 1, 2015 4:05 PM CST
Me, too!!!
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Apr 1, 2015 8:05 PM CST
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 1, 2015 8:25 PM CST
Sheree welcome to ATP! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Okay, I'm in north central Fl. just 35 miles south of the Ga. line. How about Loropetalum? Pretty, pretty, pretty! And TOUGH!!! You never saw anything so tough! They bloom off & on all year long. The take heat that melts your face off & freezes and they are evergreen! The leaves change colors --- they can be deep green & then the leaves change to red, bronze, pink off & on throughout the entire year so the plant is always fascinating. It's like having different plants all the time. Ours face southwest and some face west. They don't get ANY shade from 10 am now but in summer it will be more like 9am until dark @ 9pm. I love these things!!!!! They're amazing! The birds love hanging out in them & we find several nests each year. They make wonderful thick hedges. Oh, BTW, I have sand - Fl. sand. Here's a link for the genus so you can browse them:
http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/Loropetalum/

This is the one I have:
Chinese Witch Hazel (Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum)

Those bright blooms just knock your socks off. Oh, and I have never seen any pest problems or disease problems.
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