Low Growing shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

New Whiteland, In
Question by missycade
May 29, 2007
I have been having a lot of trouble with my dogs getting out of my privacy fence and someone suggested to me that I should plant shrubs along the fence that sit kind of low to the ground and will bush out a lot. I have no clue anything about plants, flowers, shrubs, pretty much nothing. I was wondering if you could give me a couple hints on what would sit short and be pretty bushy. I would like to go with something that won't kill the pocket book either. Thank you.


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Answer from NGA
May 29, 2007

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Here are a few suggestions:
Barberry 'Crimson Pigmy' Berberis 'Atropurpurea nana' Very dense low spreading, compact growth and dark burgandy foliage.

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' Green & cream evergreen foliage turns pinkish-red in winter. Low growing

Japanese Yew spreader Taxus media 'Densiformis' Dark evergreen soft needles, high shade tolerance, poor soil, but not wet. Easily kept small by pruning.

Mugho Pine dwarf Pinus mugo pumilio Grows to about 2 ft. makes an attractive mounded shape. Very hardy & rugged. Tolerates clay soil quite well. Full sun to part shade.

Service Berry Amelanchier 'Regent' Large white flowers, brilliant yellow & orange fall color in this dwarf selection. Bird love the berries.

Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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