shrubs with low maintenance - Knowledgebase Question

largo, Fl
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Question by chelioo2
March 3, 2010
need a very low maintenance shrub for my mobile home foundation facrs n.e. with about 6hrs sun in morning.must be pretty all year round nicely formed shrub with nice color either nice foliage or some nice flowers must be low maintenance

Answer from NGA
March 3, 2010
You have lots of choices when it comes to attractive, low maintenance shrubs. I'd suggest planting Whirling butterflies (Gaura lindheimeri), grows in full sun to partial shade into a loose, bushy clump. Stems are slender, wiry, and covered with tiny hairs. Leaves spoon-shaped with toothed margins. Flowers are held above foliage on long spikes; they open white at dawn, fading to rose-pink by day's end. Spiral ginger (Costus scaber) gorws in partial shade. It is a tall ginger with attractive roundish jade green leaves with fuzzy underside, and long, hard, waxy 8" to 12" red bracts with small, yellow flowers that peek out as bracts open from bottom up. Long lasting flower; excellent cut flower. Florida mountainmint (Pycnanthemum floridanum) is an erect, loosely-branched, shrublike perennial. The leaves smell like spearmint or camphor. Tiny, lavender flowers in dense terminal clusters open in summer. It attracts butterflies and grows in full to partial shade. Or, Purpletop verbena (Verbena bonariensis) which grows in full sun to light shade. This is an erect, clump-forming perennial with stiff, widely branched stems. Small, purple flowers in clusters held high above foliage. Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your garden.

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