What to plant - Knowledgebase Question

Cotuit, Ma
Question by Lyons13
March 10, 2010
We live on Cape Cod, we have a level grassy area in the back with railroad ties as a border and then it drops off, would like to plant a fast growing shrub along the border to deter grandkids from going to edge of the dropoff. It is shady, don't want anything to tall, evergreen would be nice but doesn't have to be. We have quite a long stretch to fill. Looking forward to suggestions, thanks.

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010


Azaleas, both evergreen and deciduous, will grow under shady conditions, as will Bog or Marsh rosemary (Andromeda polifolia), Dwarf Bright Gold yew (Taxus cuspidata 'Dwarf Bright Gold'), Highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum), Dwarf European viburnum (Viburnum opulus 'Nanum'), and Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia). I chose the dwarf cultivars because they grow only about 3' high at maturity. Hope this short list is helpful.

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