Sand cherry companion?

kristie73(z5 Co Springs)June 17, 2013

My front yard has a xeriscape area with rock, boulders, and small mulch bed. We had a 10 foot Fat Albert spruce tree planted as the centerpiece. Now what to plant around it? I bought two small Sand Cherry shrubs at Home Depot. I didn't plant them right away and the leaves dried up. :( I put them in the shade and water for a few weeks and now the leaves are growing back. So time to get them in the ground. What should I plant with them? Something simple... Grasses, daylilies, ground cover? I'll post a picture later.

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kristie73(z5 Co Springs)

one pic

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 12:54PM
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kristie73(z5 Co Springs)

another view

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 12:55PM
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kristie73(z5 Co Springs)

from a distance

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 12:56PM
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kristie73(z5 Co Springs)

Here was Christmas. So I want to add companion plants but I don't want to interfere with the tree.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 12:57PM
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aegis1000

When I put out landscaping, I utilized foliage color to a maximum effect.

So, with the blue of your tree, and the burgundy of your Snad Cherries, ... I would add the chartreuse/yellow of some Goldmound Spirea.

You'll also get some pale pink when the Spirea blooms in the summer ... and these plants are emminently prunable and won't get super large

OTOH, if you want to get something which will more match your Spruce and Sand Cherries in growth, ... think Golden Vicary Privet.

Again, eminently prunable, though if desired, it will get a little larger (with white bloom).

The photo is of a similar planting combination ... with Wichita Blue Juniper, Golden Vicary Privet, and Snad Cherry.

This post was edited by aegis500 on Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 17:47

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 5:22PM
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aegis1000

Some Pink Knockout Roses will do a lot to brighten the arrangement, as well ...

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 6:04PM
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