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Jun 25, 2017 2:27 PM CST
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Statesville NC
What kind of foundation shrubs (at least 5 ft high) that can take shade should we plant on the northwest front of our house? The front yard doesn't fully get sun until around 1-2 pm when the sun comes fully over the house, and there is an 18" overhang as well,. There are tall cedars along one side of the yard and a tall maple that block some of the hot afternoon sun (Zone 7), and I did plant azaleas last year which appear to be doing well on the other side of the front entrance.

Should we stick with azaleas, which I love? I also want to plant hostas along the front of the planting area (which is about 30 ft long and 6 ft wide. We had to remove awful looking hollies, about 50+ yrs old, which had been utterly neglected--it even looks better there now since we tilled it and put pine bark down, so better nothing is better than those overgrown beasts which had to be pulled out with a come-along.

Thanks for your help.
Jun 25, 2017 2:33 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Maybe some Camellias?
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Jun 25, 2017 2:42 PM CST
Name: Deb
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As an advocate of natives, my first approach is to check out your local native plant society web page. Here's one that might be helpful:


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Jun 25, 2017 4:08 PM CST
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Statesville NC
DaisyI said:Maybe some Camellias?

Thank you. I'll probably stick with a native azalea (rhododendron).
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