Hardy evergrn shrub zone 5?

juleecat(z5 OH)April 11, 2010

Any suggestions for a hardy, evergreen shrub....max. ht. 5 foot...will be the backbone of a bed that is along the western side of the house-gets lots of wind and snow in the winter. I have some great blue hollies in the northern beds, and boxwoods that are semi-protected in southern beds....lilacs doing great on the east, but would like some color in this bed, as it is next to the sideload garage. Our soil is heavy, this bed has been ammended with topsoil, and I plan to put several more inches of topsoil before planting. Will be planting some daylilies, knockout roses, sedum and annuals for spring/summer/fall color. Thanks! :-)

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staceyneil

How about Pieris (Andromeda)? It has those lovely, fragrant , lily-of-the-valley looking flowers in spring. There are white and rose-red varieties. Some varieties also have new growth that's pink-tinged, for more color. Pretty shrubs.

How much sun does it get (full western exposure or some shaded?)? I think some of the Pieris take more sun than others.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 7:25AM
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rhodium

Look up some of the cypress genus, as there are lots of fine conifers out there. Not to be a plant snob, but your plant inventory seems to be very big-box store.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 9:09AM
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juleecat(z5 OH)

Staceyneil, I have a few Pieris in a semi-protected area in partial sun, and tney are doing well....will have to look into larger varieties, as the species I have are 5yrs old, and only about 2 feet in height. The bed I will be planting is in full sun. rhodium, I will look into the cypress family.....thanks for the suggestion. And, I would love some other plant suggestions that arent' "big-box store".........we live on 5 acres, so lots of land to experiment with, but a limited local supply of plants! :-)

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 9:31AM
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