Landscape Design forum: Tall Narrow Plants/Shrubs/Trees

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 5, 2019 9:04 PM CST
I thought it would be nice to have a thread for tall plants in the garden. You know, that awkward spot that you need something with some height, but maybe you don't have lots of width or you don't want horrible roots or lots of shade.

springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 5, 2019 9:08 PM CST
I purchased a Purple Pillar Rose of Sharon last summer at Lowes for $25 (reg price) and it over wintered nicely. Hoping to get some blooms maybe later this summer, but for sure next year after it settles in more. Unsure yet how the japanese beetles will do with this.

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus Purple Pillar™)


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16 ft tall and 3 ft wide at maturity

I seen that there is a white pillar as well, but have not seen the plant in person yet. I dislike white, or pastels for fall blooms though.

springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 5, 2019 9:12 PM CST
Japanese Euonymus (Euonymus japonicus 'Green Spire')


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I don't have this one, but I'd like to. Found it at Lowe's, it has a nice shape to it and texture. Doesn't seem like it would do well in zone 5 or lower as far as winter hardiness though. I assume this is evergreen.

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 5, 2019 9:15 PM CST
Sky Pencil Holly

Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil')

10 ft tall 3ft wide at maturity
I have mine planted in full on all day sun- south facing -zone 6. Evergreen.


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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 5, 2019 9:20 PM CST
Snake Root Hillside Black Beauty, (other varieties are available)

This one gets about 2-4 ft wide, and has shoots up to 6 ft tall with blooms. The foliage stays about 2-3 ft tall. So nice tad bit of height w/o being thick/shady or heavy looking. This one is for shade or morning sun only.
Hard to find tall narrow things for shady spot. Clematis can sometimes do okay with morning or dappled shade and some can get tall when grown up on a trellis or an obelisk.


Bugbane (Actaea simplex 'Hillside Black Beauty')


Here's a photo of my tiny start I bought last week.

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 5, 2019 9:24 PM CST
Green Tower Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens 'Monrue')
Not in the database (?)
https://www.monrovia.com/plant...


9 ft tall, 2 ft wide, zones 5-9.
Evergreen which is lovely.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 6, 2019 8:10 AM CST
Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis North Pole™)

This evergreen gets 12-15 ft tall with a spread of 3-5 ft wide.
Full sun or partial shade.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 6, 2019 8:28 AM CST
Porcelain Vine (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var. maximowiczii 'Elegans')

Japanese Beetles eat this, so I have to spray it.
It is deciduous
Blue/purple berries
I grow it up tall onto a trellis, it is planted in a large pot so it doesn't get away.
It likes bright shade, east or north sides are fine. Mine is on the north east corner area of my house under a Hemlock (Cause I can't get anything else to grow there and it looks bare and needed some height there)



Kitchener, Ontario Canada
LucyP
Jun 8, 2019 8:27 PM CST
Hey I have probably that same rose of Sharon!


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Mine is about 4ft tall and is from a neighbour's garden. No I didn't steal it lol he had extras.

Bought some black hollyhock seeds, gonna plant them in fall because I don't want another empty spot this year. But those are like 6 ft tall.

Kitchener, Ontario Canada
LucyP
Jun 8, 2019 8:30 PM CST
Here's someone else's hollyhocks since mine are seeds in a drawer.
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 9, 2019 11:37 AM CST
wow those look really tall! I love the black color. I had some here at this house when we moved in, but the bug got them really bad and I finally gave up and pulled them out Sad
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Frillylily
Jun 9, 2019 11:42 AM CST
LucyP said:Hey I have probably that same rose of Sharon!


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Mine is about 4ft tall and is from a neighbour's garden. No I didn't steal it lol he had extras.

Bought some black hollyhock seeds, gonna plant them in fall because I don't want another empty spot this year. But those are like 6 ft tall.



I'm not sure how long Purple Pillar has been available commercially but I don't think for very long. It is a Proven Winners plant, not sure if other companies sell it or not. But last year (2018 was the first year I ever seen it). I don't think yours is purple pillar because it has a more striped pattern in the center than yours. But maybe as yours matures, the blooms will change (?)

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