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Question by dsircely
May 9, 2010
I removed all the old shrubs around house. I need to replace with something very low maintence.tge area is on west side of house I have a large maple tree in the yard, also a large crepe mryle in area.

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2010
Some low maintenance shrubs to consider include Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata), which is also known as wild currant, agarito and chaparral berry. This evergreen shrub is rounded and medium-sized with holly-like, gray-green foliage. Agarita blooms with fragrant clusters of yellow flowers from February to April followed by bright red berries. The shrub grows abundantly on the rocky limestone flats and slopes in the western areas of the state. It is a low-maintenance shrub which is drought-tolerant and hardy to temperatures of 15 degrees. Agarita is highly adaptable in a wide variety of well-drained soils and reaches a mature height of up to 6 feet. It prefers full sun but can tolerate part sun.

Texas sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) is also known as the Texas barometer bush and purple sage. The shrub grows 3 to 6 feet in height and is a native of Texas, growing abundantly on hillsides, slopes, ravines and ditches. The soft foliage is silvery gray to greenish in color and about 1 inch long. Texas sage is a perennial evergreen and periodically flowers throughout the year with 1-inch, bell-shaped, pink flowers. It grows to between 2 and 8 feet in height. The shrub has a low water requirement and grows well in dry soils. Texas sage is both heat and drought tolerant but is likely to lose some leaves during very low winter temperatures.

Amorpha fruticosa, indigo bush, false indigo bush, 4-12' tall and wide, sun to part shade, dark blue-purple flowers with orange stamens in May. Fragrant. Butterflies love it, deer do not.

Caryopteris x clandonensis, blue mist spirea, blue 2-3' x 2-4', both shade and sun, summer blooming.

Perovskia atripicifolia, Russian Sage, violet purple blooms summer to fall. Sage fragrance. Low maintenance and water-use.

Philadelphus lewisii 'Cheyenne', Lewis mock orange, 6-9' x 5-8', white fragrant flowers in spring. Native to Western US.

Philadelphus microphylla, Littleleaf Mockorange, several varieties, Western native up to 6' x 6'.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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