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MrsNash1217
Apr 11, 2018 8:26 AM CST
I am looking to plant, hopefully, some type of flowering shrubs to line the front of our house. I live in East Texas. There are no trees in the front yard, so there is no shade. Also, I have a drainage problem in the "planting area". When it rains it kinda floods with water there. Is there such a shrub that needs both plenty of sun and water? Your assistance is much appreciated.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Apr 11, 2018 9:25 AM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

I found a site that lists shrubs and trees that like the conditions you describe.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/b...
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bonnieandske
Apr 14, 2018 11:31 AM CST
Hi,

I lived in Galdewater (zone 8) a year and the clay soil was so water-retentive, that the soil had to be seriously amended. It was expensive. The shrubs that did quite well with the addition of some perlite, light potting soil and mulch of pine bark were lantanas. Lovely little flowers, hot summer sun ok, but keep somewhat moist, and they come back every year. They like slightly acidic soil, so I fed them a tsp. of vinegar in a half gallon jug of water on occasion. They also like rose fertilizer, but seemed happy with the vinegar. They will grow up 3 ft. or more and pollinators visit.

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