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Jan 1, 2017 3:44 AM CST
Hi there,
We have an L-shaped built in concrete planter box around 120 deep and 60 wide. On one side we have correa albas which have grown nicely and is now dense and tall. On the other side we have rubrum grass which has just taken over and looks awful. We need to find an alternative to the rubrum that will not drop many leaves (as our neighbours on that side have a pool), can withstand south facing winds near a beach and are relatively hardy and low maintenance but that provides a good screen. We are considering Evergreen giant (Will that grow tall enough and how much will it shed given the current reeds are driving the neighbours crazy); Dietes grandiflora - I wasn't sure it would be dense enough? dypsis lutescens - will it withstand the wind of a south facing garden? little eric banksia - Hydrangeas - I think this drops a lot of leaves? or even succulents.
What would your advice be? Happy to hear an alternative to any of the above.
Thanks so much
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jan 1, 2017 9:19 AM CST
Hi and welcome to! It would be helpful to know your location before we recommend any plants, please? There is a spot in your personal profile to fill in where you live, so it will come up in all your posts. The climate where you live will be important in deciding what will grow nicely for you, especially with a planter box - how hot does it get and is the box in full sun all day?

Also it would be very helpful if you could post a picture of your planter box for us. I gather your measurements of 120 x 60 are in centimeters?

Is this the rubrum grass you have?

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