I have a typical center hall colonial with a front porch that goes the
entire length of the house. From the drive way the sidewalk to the front
door boxes off a little 8 foot by 6 foot section. I need to plant something
there. I want a bush or plant that will not need a bunch of trimming or
pruning and will reach the top of the rail of the porch. Don't want anything
too high because it will block the view of the driveway from the front door.
I originally put a holly there but the one I placed there is growing too
quick, I thought it was a slow grower that I could trim back over time. On
the other side in front and around the porch I have mountain laurel. but
wanted to put something different on the other side. Can anyone recommend
anything or a good design for such a small area.
I need a bit more information Larry. What kind of sun does this spot get?
Eastern? Full South or West? If you get at least six hours of sunlight, a
Beautyberry would be nice. they only get around 6 foot tall and 4 foot wide.
Nine bark gets about 7 tall and 5 wide but you could prune it a little in
the fall to shape it if you didnt like it's natural shape. If it's shady,
you could have a little shade garden with hosta's, epimediums, astilbe,
hellebore and the like. If it's sunny, you could plant sunny disposition
perennials to greet people as they come up to the front of your house. there
are hundreds of options.
madgardener Eastern Tennessee, zone 7, Sunset zone 36
Boxwood. 'Though you didn't mention where you are. Boxwood is very
genteel and slow-growing in Virginia. And a sign of long-time
residence and respectability. If you want some color (and are in a
region with a temperate climate and acid soil), there are slow-growing
varieties of azaleas that are easily trimmed, evergreen, and quite
spectacular for a couple of weeks in spring.
I think some of the viburnums might be nice for that situation. Some are
relatively slow growing - (perhaps viburnum laurestinus) -and many have
fragrant flowers. I'm partial to viburnum mariessei, even though it is
deciduous. It has pretty dogwood-like flowers in late spring for several
weeks, has a very architectural shape (it makes natural horizontal layers),
and it has nice red berries in the fall.
- Tallahassee, FL - Only where
looks like there are allot of good ideas, i'll have to read over when i have
to answer your questions
it has full sun from morning until like 3 or 4pm
i'd like something that will stay green all year long
Greg's suggestion of a viburnum is a good one. If you need evergreen, look
for V. davidii or V. tinus 'Spring Bouquet', but they require a mild zone (7
b at least). V tomentosum 'Mariesii' is a lovely choice but is deciduous and
will get to be a big shrub in time - 8'x10' is not unusual - and too much
pruning to keep in size will destroy the form. 'Summer Snowflake' is a much
more compact choice. You might want to consider one of the smaller forms of
Nandina, evergreen azaleas or Rhododendron yak. hybrids. Not exactly very
creative, but attractive and very serviceable. Also not evergreen but a very
nice and multi-season interest shrub would one of the dwarf oakleaf
hydrangeas, like 'Pee Wee' or 'Syke's Dwarf.'
pam - gardengal
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