Foundation Planning - Knowledgebase Question

calhoun, Ge
Question by pammcclamroc
February 17, 2011
I have tried several things in front of my house including Azaleas and Hydrangeas and nothing will grow there.I need some tough evergreen shrubs that you don't have to water every day and that will grow under several large oak trees. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

Answer from NGA
February 17, 2011


Soils under eaves and near foundations are typically dry, so your first step is to improve the soil by amending it with compost to help it hold moisture. After you've amended the soil and planted your foundation shrubs a weekly soaking should be all the plants need. The following shrubs do well in dry soil (but don't forget the weekly watering!): Dwarf Fothergilla, Drooping Leucothoe, Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry), Calycanthus floridus (sweetshrub), Elaeagnus pungens (thorny elaeagnus ), Gaylussacia frondosa (blue huckleberry), Hamelia patens (firebush), Hypericum calycinum (Aaron's beard), Ilex glabra (gallberry), Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii' (Burford's holly), Ilex vomitoria (yaupon), Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens' (Nellie Stevens holly), Leonotus leonurus (lion's ear), Leucophyllum frutescens (purple sage), Ligustrum x vicaryi (golden vicary privet), Myrica cerifera (southern bayberry). Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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