Need an anchor plant/tree/shrub

clouts69(z5 NH)April 24, 2011


I will be replacing a Blue Spruce that has needle cast. For two years I have tried to eradicate it but I can't. The tree is small enough to take out and I'd like to extend my current planting bed to encompass this area but I would like to replace it with another evergreen, if possible. I'd like something that does not grow over 10-15' (no Alberta Spruce - already have two) but can't find anything that does not get too tall. If not, then a nice small deciduous tree (flowering perhaps) or great shrub (Purple smoke for example) will work. I don't get full sun all day so something that tolerates partial shade (probably why needle cast dug in). What do you suggest? Click on link to see planting area.

Here is a link that might be useful: Front yard planting area

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Maybe maple,azalea,privet... work

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 9:26PM
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karinl(BC Z8)

You might go to the tree or conifer forums for a considered discussion of a specific tree. Or, if you're unlikely to go hunting for whatever is recommended, start at the local nurseries and see what you have to choose from. Me, I don't know your zone well enough to recommend anything.


    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 1:57AM
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clouts69(z5 NH)

Designshare, how cool is that!!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 1:12PM
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Ok,I post color origin pics here

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 10:46PM
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To anchor the new bed extension, you might consider the Skyrocket Juniper or the Emerald Green Arborvitae. Though the juniper might be a better look for your landscape. Both grow in the 15 or so foot height range. I found a link for you below,
Some low growing plants to use in the bed as fill in would be low growing ornamental grasses, evergreen ferns, heucheras, dwarf nandina firepower, dwarf hydrangeas, creeping cotoneaster and potentilla.

Here is a link that might be useful: Skyrocket Juniper

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 7:45PM
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