Want to replace nightmare hibiscus with drought tolerant shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Chula Vista, Ca
Question by Doradoway
May 25, 2010
Greetings! Last year I planted 2 pink versicolor hibiscus-1 at each end of my front yard planter box as anchor plants. Since they remain infested with aphids and spider mites despite my valiant pest control efforts, I can't wait to replace them with low/no maintenance, drought tolerant shrubs-something with a little color and DISEASE RESISTANT!! and part shade.I live in Chula Vista, suggestions???

Answer from NGA
May 25, 2010


Since easy maintenance is a high priority with you, why not consider native plants such as Manzanita (Arctostaphylos 'Woods Compact'), Myrica californica (Pacific Wax Myrtle), Philadelphus lewisi (Mock Orange), Symphoricarpos albus (Snowberry), Rhamnus californica (Coffeeberry), or Ceanothus (wild lilac)?

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