low maintenence, full sun shrub - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by pbrucedesign
February 17, 2010
against a red brick small house, need shrubs shrubs, full sun, low maintenance, drought tolerate, zone 8, atlanta, seeral heights, 2'-3 and 4-5

Answer from NGA
February 17, 2010


Here are a few of my favorites:
'Canyon Creek' Abelia is an attractive, low-maintenance, mounding, flowering shrub that features copper-color new growth that matures to yellow. The best foliage color is displayed in full sun. Clusters of pretty, bell-shaped flowers are produced at the ends of the branches from early Summer to frost! Easy to grow in most any well-drained soil. Will appreciate an occasional watering during drought. Grows 2-3' tall; 3-4' wide.

Carissa Holly is one of, if not the best evergreen shrubs for use as a foundation plant. The stiff, oval, pointed leaves are dark green and shiny. Forms a dense rounded mound to 4' tall and 5' wide. Exceptionally low maintenance and never needs pruning when placed and spaced properly.

Japanese Holly Compacta is most often used as an evergreen foundation shrub, where it is sheared into a dense, formal hedge of 4 to 5' in height. It can also be pruned into various formal geometric shapes where it can be planted on either side of an entrance to formalize an entry way, or be used as a focal point in foundation plantings and landscape beds.

Kleim's Hardy Gardenia (Daisy Gardenia) produces masses of fragrant, single, daisy-shaped, white flowers in late Spring/early Summer and sporadically through the season. Blooms heavier than other gardenias. A very hardy selection that prefers full sun to partial shade. Mounding habit with very dark green, lustrous foliage. Grows 2-3' high; 3-4' wide.

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