Recommendation for difficult spot

reinholdtMay 17, 2010


I've had little success with yews as a foundation plant on the north side of my house, so I'm looking for suggestions for a shrub that is not real fussy about soil and other conditions.

My preferences:

1. Deciduous or non-decidious (either is fine)

2. About 4'tall and 3'wide

3. Dense habit (to block the ugly house foundation)

4. Non leggy

3. Hardy, dependable, and not fussy about soil, etc.

I was thinking of either burning bushes or boxwoods. What do you think?


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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

bor-rinnggg ... lol ....

you didnt tell us how much ambient light.. and how close to the house you want them.. nor how tall the house is ...

on the north side of my garage... its so bright.. i can grow just about anything...

on the north side of the overhanging top level of the overhung tri level... nothing but moss grows ...

more facts please ...


    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 1:35PM
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Ken, "boring" is fine, as long as they grow and fill up that spot! haha.

To answer your questions:

1. Low-med ambient light
2. House is about 25' tall. Overhead gutter is about 12'
3. Will plant shrubs about 3.5-ft from foundation (to clear a wide overhang)

Hope that helps.


    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 1:52PM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

Any ideas why the yews are having problems? They really are one of the most bulletproof/reliable shrubs for shade. Boxwood is a positive diva in comparison.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 2:12PM
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Mad, the yews haven't seemed happy in this spot since I planted them 6 years ago. Just droopy and sad looking.

I'm ready to yank them out and plant something else. I'm thinking of burning bushes because I heard that they are not fussy about soil, etc. That is what I want: something that is hardy and not fussy about conditions.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 2:34PM
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