Comparing Bushes

Skylily4everJanuary 17, 2014

I am trying to find the perfect bushes to go in front of my porch. Anywhere between 4-8 feet tall, and I really want something colorful and fast-growing. Fast growing is important. I really like Lynwood Gold and Burning Bushes. They're full bushes with lots of color, that's what attracts me to them, and I'll probably be planting about 6 bushes. If anyone has any other suggestions or experiences with these bushes, I would appreciate it!

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Blue shadow fothergilla!

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 8:55PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Burning bushes are invasive in many states--you don't tell where you are. Also forsythia (your 'Lynwood Gold') have only a very brief period of interest with nothing whatsoever to recommend them once bloom is over. The fothergilla suggestion is great as long as your soil is not alkaline. But why use 6 of the same shrub? Take a look at Physocarpus 'Lemon Candy' for great chartreuse foliage. Or Spirea 'Ogon' also chartreuse, but quite different.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 6:45AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

nothing really stops growing at some magical height...

its all about how much they grow in a given year ... and how many years later it is .. e.g. if it grows a foot per year.. and presuming you start small.. in 10 years.. it will be about ten feet tall ...

your only alternative.. it to use something like REJUVENATION PRUNING OF SHRUBS.... to keep it the size you want ...

bushes is a common descriptive term... for searching purposes.. you will get further searching for FLOWERING SHRUBS ...

and i would also note.. anything called 'fast growing' .... will most likely. get much bigger .. much faster.. than you probably want ...

also.. keep in mind.. that flowers attract bees.. and that might not be what you want.. at your front door ..;

i dont think you mention where you are... so its hard to be overly specific with suggestions ...

and finally ... it seems.. reading between the lines.. you want instant gratification .... in the sense that you want the space filled this summer... whenever i tried this system.. i usually ended up with a monster that had to be removed.... too soon ...

good luck


    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 8:13AM
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cecily(7 VA)

In zone 6 wouldn't you like a few evergreens for the winter interest?

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 9:05AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Evergreens are so much nicer for foundation plants.
Where are you?

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 12:26PM
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