Flowering Evergreen Shrub

Britbear_April 15, 2014

I'm looking for a lower growing 2-3 foot, flowering, evergreen shrub to put on either side of my front steps. I was going to plant azaleas until during recent rains, I realized the area holds a lot of water when it rains, and I'm worried that the azaleas would drown. When it doesn't rain, the area dries out quickly, as it gets mostly full sun.

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saypoint(6b CT)

Can you do something about the flooding? Do you have gutters there? Can you regrade to get the water to flow away from that area? Put in some drainage?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:49PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

'Mostly sun ' is not usually the best siting for an azalea, anyway.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:53PM
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butterfly4u

Brit,
Use decorative pots and fill it with an evergreen with flowers too.
Go to a garden center or look online for ideas.
The nicer the pots look, the better you will like it.
Something gorgeous, mabey big pots, I don't know what the area looks like, no pic, but just something to think about.
They also sell this glow in the dark paint, Rustloeum makes it, you could paint the pots with it.
Ok, now I'm getting weird.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:55PM
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Britbear_

I'm not sure what to do about the flooding. The water doesn't run off the house, we have gutters. It just pools there, it's like the grading of the bed is bad, but it is surrounded on all sides by the house, the driveway, and the sidewalk so I'm not sure what we really could do...

I have thought about using some planters. I'll have to look more into that :)

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 8:57PM
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emmarene

Please share a picture for us.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 5:09PM
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edlincoln(6A)

Hydrangea are pretty water tolerant.

Is there a storm drain in the driveway or the road?

You could put in a rain garden, a French drain, or if you are ambitious rip up part of the driveway to put in drainage.

Water is probably running off he driveway.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 10:19PM
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