Best shrubs to plant in Orlando, FL - Knowledgebase Question

Orlando, FL (Zone 9B)
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Question by arabelleree
December 2, 2006
Hello! I live in Orlando and I want to plant some shrubs that are easy to trim and will last all year round in the front of the house just below the frontyard window. Do you have any suggestions as to the shrub that we can plant?
Also, we have like a 6 feet fencing in the backyard and I would want to plant shrubs around it too to hide it. I would appreciate your help
thanks so much!

Answer from NGA
December 2, 2006
Here are a few suggestions: American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) - Can take sun to shade. High drought tolerance. Attractive purple fruits attract many birds. Fast-growing from 4 - 7 feet. This plant was already in my backyard. I wasn't sure what it was and luckily I thought twice before yanking it. Provides nice color in fall when everything else is dying or going dormant. Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) - Full sun and fairly dry, well-drained soil. A favorite garden plant, as it attracts many butterflies, including the Monarch. Its flowers may be yellow or red, flowering from June to September. Sweet Osmanthus/Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans) - Sun to part shade. Very fragrant small white flowers in Spring. Prized for its wonderful fragrance. Slow-grower up to 15 - 30 feet. White Wild Indigo (Baptisia alba) - Full sun to light shade. Prefers acidic sandy soil but will tolerate clay. Perennial wildflower with white pea-shaped flowers in spring. Black to brown inflated pods dangle from charcoal stems in fall. Grows 3 - 5 feet.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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