Waxleaf privet and roses - Knowledgebase Question

Ontario, Ca
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Question by christinegor
March 11, 2010
I have a planter in which I have already planted rose bushes. For appeal and also to help fill it in a little more, I am interested in growing a hedge of waxleaf behind the roses. However, the amount of space that is left behind the roses is a little more than a foot..is this still a good idea to do? what is the amount of space I should leave between each 1 gallon waxleaf, if this is possible?

Answer from NGA
March 11, 2010
I'm afraid the waxleaf plants will outgrow the area in a hurry. There's just not enough room, even for dwarf varieties. Instead of a privet or boxwood, how about planting something that remains much smaller? The glossy leafed Mexican heather will stay much smaller at maturity than a waxleaf, the leaves are smaller and they have the bonus of tiny little flowers in the springtime. If you choose Mexican heather (Cuphea), plant them 2' apart.

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