What to plant between mature cherry laurels?

novembreApril 6, 2010

I have five large (4'tall by about 6' wide) cherry laurels growing along the side of my ranch house. They are in a deep bed edged with bricks, and there is an approximately 6' gap between them, In past years I've planted annuals in those spaces, which looked nice. However, it doesn't look so good in the wintertime so I'd like to plant some kind of everygreen shrub this year.

What would look good with the laurels? I'm not too familiar with shrubs, and I guess I don't have much of an imagination because I can't seem to come up with anything.

There is one that I've seen at the nurseries that might work, a green & light yellow leaved euonymus, but the color wouldn't go well with our light gray siding.

Suggestions most appreciated! We're in the mid-Atlantic region.


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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Light exposure?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 1:06PM
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Oops, sorry.

Forgot to say almost full sun. It's the southwest side of the house and the laurels get sun from about 11am on.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 4:10PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Abelia x grandiflora?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 11:48PM
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bboy, I went to a large local nursery yesterday and asked about abelia x grandiflora. I was told that it's not quite everygreen in our area, and marginally hardy.

Too bad, it looks like a very pretty plant.

Any other suggestions?

What I think would look nice is something smallish, cascading and with leaves/needles that would contrast with the laurel's. And not grow higher than about 3-4 feet, or could be kept pruned to that size.

We originally planted cypress in those spaces, but they quickly grew too tall and bumped against our house's 3-ft overhang. So we had to take them out last year, and it looks so bare with nothing there.

Anyone's suggestions most appreciated!


    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 3:02PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Are your cherry laurels Prunus caroliniana or P. laurocerasus?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 4:47AM
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It is Prunus laurocerasus Otto Luyken.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 12:10PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Choose something with similar upright branching. The Euonymus japonicus has a compatible habit, can be acquired without yellow variegation. But you might be within the area where it is prone to mildew or scale.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2010 at 12:40AM
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