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Purple shrubs that don't lose leaves and have no thorns needed.

Posted by three3apples (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 24, 14 at 19:56


This is my first posting here. I am new to gardening. Actually, we are just planning our gardens now. We have a large area with limestone walls that will be a parterre garden. Initially I intended to section the quadrants with boxwood, but recently have been interested in a purple-colored shrub or hedge instead. I am not looking for something lose and flowery, but something that has dense qualities like boxwood. We have small children, so nothing with thorns please.

We are in NE Ohio and the area in question gets lots of sun.


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RE: Purple shrubs that don't lose leaves and have no thorns neede

Sorry......for your area there is nothing with that coloring that holds its leaves all year. In fact, there are a very limited number of plants that offer that feature for even very mild climate gardens.

The closest you may be able to get is to use lavender for a hedge. 'Hidcote' English lavender stays very compact compared to most varieties and has a very dark purple flower. You will need to shear the plant tightly on an annual basis to keep in a neat, hedge-like form. There are some other, almost dwarf forms as well but Hidcote is very hardy and widely available.

RE: Purple shrubs that don't lose leaves and have no thorns neede

Thank you, I will look into the lavender.

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