Shrub Recommendation for Troublesome Front Entrance - Knowledgebase Question

Hixson, TN
Question by jdriver
July 13, 2011
We are having a hard time finding a plant/shrub which will survive in the area by our front entrance. Our walkway is lined with azaleas and the location directly by the entrance was as well; however, over time three of the azaleas have died. We replaced them with junipers and they died as well. We would like to find a flowering shrub that can be planted now, requires little maintenance, can survive in varying wet/dry and sunny/partial sunny conditions. We would like something that does not attract a variety of insects as it is located by our front entrance and does not have a


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Answer from NGA
July 13, 2011

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The most adaptable shrubs are those that are considered native in your gardening region. These typically will tolerate seasonal wet and dry soils, and most degrees of sun or shade exposure. The difficulty I have in making recommendations is that you didn't mention how tall or wide you'd like your new shrubs to be. Since you're planting near an entrance, I suspect something 3-4' tall and wide will probably work for you. If so, consider growing Beautyberry, New Jersey Tea, Strawberry Bush, Oakleaf Hydrangea. Pinxterbloom Azalea or Carolina Rose in the area. Hope you find just the right plants for your landscape!

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