Shrubs for front of the house - Knowledgebase Question

Rockville, Ma
Question by gandhi_20850
April 5, 2010
I want to redo my front of the house. Which evergreen plants are good for side of front door? This area gets full afternoon sun.

Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010


You have lots of choices! Viburnum is a shrub that flowers in spring, and has dark-green foliage through the summer. In the fall, leaves turn deep red, yellow or maroon, and bright-red berries develop. Linden viburnum grows in Zones 5-7; American cranberrybush types in Zones 2-7; European cranberrybush types in Zones 3-8.

Witch hazel (Hamamelis species). While common witch hazel blooms in the fall, the Asian species and hybrids bloom in the winter . The dark-green leaves turn to yellow, orange and red in the fall, and witch hazel typically has a very wide habit.

Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima). This medium-sized shrub blooms in late winter and early spring with white flowers noted for their fragrance. Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions and prefers full sun or partial shade. Leaves will fall in unusually cold winters but most of the foliage usually stays throughout the winter.

Holly (Ilex species). A broadleaf evergreen shrub that peaks in the late autumn when its red berries ripen. Tolerant of various soil/light conditions. There are several different types of holly to choose from, including English, inkberry, blue, American, longstalk and winterberry.

Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia). Shrub. Flowers in the spring. Dark, evergreen leaves. Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. Hardy Zones 4-9.

Pieris (Pieris japonica). A popular flowering shrub that blooms in early spring. But you?ll see flower buds develop in winter and dangle down. Dark, evergreen leaves. Grow in moist, acidic soil and partial shade.

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