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Frillylily
May 16, 2016 8:33 AM CST
I have a couple of persian lilacs and a dynamite crepe myrtle, and a white hydrangea. I was going to use some golden vicary but someone told me theirs had pretty intensive roots that choked out surrounding stuff. So I tossed that idea. Wondering about nine bark? or a baby's breath spirea? Maybe some type of weigala. I need about 80 ft length filled in. I am doing this hoping to help deter deer, later I will add a 6 ft chainlink.
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 16, 2016 2:17 PM CST
Does lorapetalum-Chinese Fringe grow in your area. They have pretty purple leaves with bright pink finge-y flowers in the spring. Needs hedging to keep it low-growing though can grow 10feet tall.
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Bonehead
May 16, 2016 4:53 PM CST
I have a mixed shrub border along our driveway that gets very little attention (out of range for hoses). I've just picked up inexpensive shrubs over the years for a pretty random look. My all-around favorite is Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) I do absolutely no pruning on this shrub, and it grows into a nice rounded form about 5' tall and wide, white flowers in spring, gorgeous fall color, and berries in the winter. No insect or disease problems. I realize this has been way over-used in parking lot plantings, usually prune-tortured into little balls or short square hedges (neither is a look I enjoy). I also realize it has escaped cultivation in parts of the east coast and has become an invasive (not sure how extensive this has become but certainly something to consider). It has not multiplied at all for me.

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Whitebeard
May 16, 2016 5:58 PM CST
As you have a deer problem, my suggestion is to stay clear of the euonymus. The deer will eat them up. Ornamental grasses would work well. They are easy and the deer won't touch them, and there are plenty of choices. Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') is an award winner and very easy to grow. Russian sage is also a solid choice. It has a very long bloom time and the deer won't touch it. Loves sun, and thrives in poor soil. Weigela florida would work well, as would Scottish brooms (although many are aggressive.) 'Lena' is a sterile hybrid and has done very well for me. I haven't grown ninebark but that seems a solid choice, as does spiraea, yet these days many of the spiraea cultivars that are sold are perhaps smaller than what you're looking for.

Deer are not easy, but you do well to plant the things that they won't demolish. I'm always in that battle. Good luck and happy growing.
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pepper23
May 16, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Ninebark, viburnums and serviceberry would work great. Diervilla rivularis is another good choice. It's a native version of bush honeysuckle, not the ones that are invasive.
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Bonehead
May 16, 2016 6:21 PM CST
Ah, I didn't catch the worry about deer. I certainly have deer on our property, but they rarely come up into the yard. I've been very fortunate in that way. I think they have enough natural habitat in our back 10 acres plus we always have a largish dog, so it just isn't worth their while to come bother my plants. I love to see them down at our pond, such graceful animals. Perhaps check with your local extension office to see if they have suggestions.
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Frillylily
May 16, 2016 8:34 PM CST
yes, I have some burning bushes farther down on the property and the deer love to nip off the new growth every year. Thus, they don't get any bigger than what they were when I planted them. I do like them though other than that. I did not consider the viburnum but will look into that. I will also look into the service berry. I don't think grasses would give me the look I am wanting, but I may consider that depending on what else I choose to plant with it. I have some Russian Sage in the front yard and it does poorly, I guess the heavy soil-thinking it likes well draining soil. I even wondered about climbing roses since I am putting in a fence eventually. Not sure what would get large enough to look like a shrub though.
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pepper23
May 16, 2016 8:43 PM CST
There are several roses that grow big as a shrub and can be trained to climb as well. Graham Thomas is one that can do that. The spot doesn't have to be all one plant either if you don't want. You can mix up roses with other plants. Maybe make it all one color scheme or colors that compliment each other.

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