What Kind of shrub? - Knowledgebase Question

Redford, MI
Question by dimitchi
June 16, 2007
I need a 4 ft max height shrub for the north side of my house (NO sun). It would be next to my front entrance and needs to be reasonably easy to maintain. We have tried yews, mungo pine, magnolia, a few different cedars, but nothing seems to last more than a year. We've tried to enrich the soil and fertilize to no avail. Help! I'm ready to fill it with stone.

Answer from NGA
June 16, 2007


Don't fill it with stones! At least not until you try rhododendrons. There are several dwarf varieties that maintain a height of about 4'. If flowering isn't important, try 'Green Velvet' Boxwood; Northern Charm, or Northstar are also attractive boxwoods.

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