Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Mettawa, Il
Question by lliphardt
April 30, 2010
Looking for a couple ideas on shrubs for the front of our house. We have a long ranch and recently took out some old evergreen bushes. I would like to use a couple of different shrubs. I like the Sambucus Black lace, does that work in this area and what would you plant with it? THe area is mainly in the sun.

Answer from NGA
April 30, 2010


Black Lace Elderberry is a spectacular shrub whether in bloom or out. It's hardy in your area so I'd go with it! To contrast with the foliage, choose a lime-green or a gray colored foliage perennial to plant beneath them. Silvermound Artemesia has gray foliage as does Lavender; Coral Bells and Lady's Mantle have lime-green foliage. Enjoy your landscape!

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