Companion Shrub for Bishops Weed patch

douglasont(6 ON)August 19, 2014

I would like to plant two shrubs in a large raised (contained) bed at the back of my property that is filled with Gout Weed/Bishop's Weed. I tried two Ornamental Elderberries but they grew to big to fast and they don't look tidy. The shrubs will be planted symmetrically in the bed and it gets full sun. The area is difficult for me to maintain so the Gout Weed covers nice and keeps the weeds down. I will be keeping it as my ground cover. Any suggestions for companion shrubs?

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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Perhaps a large viburnum, like V. pragense.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 6:45AM
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douglasont(6 ON)

Thanks! A Viburnum... perfect suggestion.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 7:30AM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

I am a bit confused. how big is 'large'? what is your definition of 'tidy'? do you want something with multiple seasons of interest, including winter? is the gout weed green or variegated? is the area a backdrop for the rest of your garden or something way off in the distance? is it raised or at ground level?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 6:24PM
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