winter flowering shrubs SW Florida - Knowledgebase Question

bonita springs, Fl
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Question by kcdhaul
November 10, 2010
we have a 10 ft. area from our mobile to road, want to plant flowering shrubs that do not bush out too much, nor grow too tall due to small space, 5-6 ft. high max.west & south facing.would like plants also with varigated leaves. appreciate any suggestions, thanks,

Answer from NGA
November 10, 2010
You can plant dwarf Buddleia officinalis (Butterfly bush), Camellia or Forsythia for winter color in the space you describe. You can prune the Forsythia to keep it more upright than sprawling. The Buddleia and the Camellia both have more upright growth patterns so less pruning will be required. Hope one of these shrubs provides just the right winter color for your landscape.

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