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suggestions for a grouping of 3

Posted by denidill 3a Alberta (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 27, 10 at 11:24

I garden in zone 3 and while I garden a lot, I do not know anything about trees or shrubs. I am looking for ideas on a small planting ... perhaps two shrubs and one small tree. I was thinking Korean lilac, spirea and ninebark. Any ideas?

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RE: suggestions for a grouping of 3

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 29, 10 at 1:02

Those are all shrubs, unless you plant a Korean lilac grafted onto a trunk or trained up to have one. Then you have a small, sort of faux tree. Some spiraea produce fairly large fountains of growth, maybe you are thinking of a dwarf kind of Japanese spirea. Ninebark definitely grows large, unless you choose a dwarf/compact selection.

For color harmony maybe avoid a Japanese spirea with yellow foliage. Although one with light yellow leaves might brighten the grouping without producing a clash. Otherwise, I'm thinking you would have a mostly pink or pinkish flower theme (based on the lilac) with complimentary purple foliage from one of the purple-leaved ninebark cultivars ('Monlo', marketed using the selling name Diabolo) probably still has the best leaf color).

Maybe put a 'Monlo' or two behind the (tree shaped) lilac, with several dwarf Japanese spiraea underneath the lilac.

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