Planting Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Lexington, So
Question by jnuovo
November 28, 2008
I want to plant some type of shrub along my property line in the front yard. I want low maintance - what do you suggest?


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Answer from NGA
November 28, 2008

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There are a number of low maintenance shrubs for your zone 8 gardening region. Consider: Dwarf Abelia 'Little Richard'; Height x Width: 2-3' H x 2-3' W;
Exposure: Full sun or partial shade; Bloom Color: White; Bloom Time: Summer through Fall; Water: Low once established.

Abelia 'Ed Goucher'; Size: 6' H x 6' W; Full sun or partial shade; Bloom Color: Lavender-pink; Bloom Time: Summer through Fall; Water: Low once established.
Features: Clusters of lavender-pink bell-flowers are produced in abundance summer thru fall. Upright rounded form. Drought tolerant.

Arborvitae 'Berkman's Golden'; Size: 5-6' H x 3-4' W; Exposure: Full sun or light shade; Bloom Color: Golden foliage; Bloom Time: None ; Water: Low once established ;
Features: Bright golden evergreen foliage all year. Good for corners, low screen, or as a specimen.

Arborvitae 'Emerald Green'; Size: 10-15' H x 4-5' W; Exposure: Full sun or light shade; Bloom Color: None; Bloom Time: None; Water: Low once established;
Features: Conical shape to this evergreen excellent for the corners, as a screen, or specimen.

Southern Indica Azaleas; Size: 6-8' H x 6-8' W; Exposure: Full sun or afternoon shade; Bloom Color: White, Pink, Purple, White/Purple Bi-color; Bloom Time: Mid Spring; Water: Low once established ; Features: Clusters of large flowers on these large growing heat and sun tolerant azalea. At home in woodland borders or islands. Can be used as a foundation plant or around decks. Prefers well drained soils.

Beautyberry Bush 'Purple'; Size: 6-8' H x 4-6' W ;Exposure: Sun or Partial Shade ;
Bloom Color: White in Spring followed by purple berries in Fall ;Bloom Time: Spring;
Water: Average; Features: Clusters of vibrant purple berries encircle the stems in fall


Burning Bush 'Dwarf' ;Size: 5-6' H x 5' W ;Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade;
Color: Fire red Fall foliage; Bloom Time: None; Water: Low to moderate;
Features: Brilliant red fall foliage is outstanding! Handsome dark green foliage on this upright vase shape shrub. Group in islands or use as a specimen.


Holly 'Carissa'; Size: 4' H x 5' W ;Exposure: Full Sun or Afternoon Shade; Bloom Color: None; Bloom Time: None ;Water Needs: Low ;Features: A fast growing hardy, evergreen shrub that never needs pruning! Perhaps the best foundation shrub available. Tolerates extreme cold or heat. Very drought tolerant.

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




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