what to do in corner of yard

wigardenerwannabe(Z5 WI)August 6, 2013

I finally got fed up with a mock orange bush in the corner of my yard, that simply refused to bloom and pulled it out today. As you can see by the photos there is a mature silver maple tree on the other side of the fence, so there is some root competiton. It's funny as I had the MN mock orange in the other corner (also in close proximity to another silver maple tree) that does beautifully every spring, so I'm not sure that it was related to the silver maple... or just an unreliable shrub that holds little interest. In any case I'm at a loss with what to put there. As you can see there is an Black Lace close by as well, that has become quite large, and I think speaks against another large bush next to it. I was wondering if I could plant a smaller tree in that corner....or if I should plant some kind of viburnum...or simply fill the whole bed with day lilies. I'm including photos. I have been very slowly trying to change out my perennials with more of a mixed border with more shrubs. I'm open to feedback and suggestions. Many thanks.

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Layers ... I'm thinking a smaller, possibly multi-stemmed, understory tree to make the transition from the high canopy of the tree to the lower shrub and even lower herbaceous perennials. (It would also help screen the view of the neighbor's shed which is now nicely framed by aforesaid tree and shrub.)

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 7:37PM
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wigardenerwannabe(Z5 WI)

thanks for your input. That is what I was hoping to do so will have to start looking at ornamental trees to see my options. I have had an Amelanchier, Autumn Brilliance in for about 3-4 years in another part of the back yard....and although healthy it just seems like it won't grow! So, I'll have to look to others that might actually grow a bit faster and fill the area. I like the idea of 3 season interest.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 7:42PM
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Dont forget to include tall shrubs as a possibility. They can be grown like a tree.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 12:28AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

The Black Lace can be pruned back, it will come back nicely.

I concur with the idea of blocking the view of the shed. I like viburnum dentatum for size, but don't know if it will get enough sun to fill out properly. Day lilies won't be tall enough to provide the balance that you need.

Competing with the roots of a silver maple is difficult, too. Listen to your local plant dealer.


    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 10:37PM
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