View Full Version : help me select shrubs next to my side walk

grass disaster
08-22-2009, 10:31 AM
we want to plant some type of srub ar possibly a hedge.

its not very wide. i'd like to leave those bricks in there. we used to have flowers in there but the wife said no more.

something taller maybe i thought would look cool. maybe something that needs trimming/shapping. you can see this from the road.

08-22-2009, 11:33 AM
id like dog woods there

grass disaster
08-22-2009, 11:55 AM
id like dog woods there

dog woods get too big and crazy.

Think Green
08-22-2009, 06:26 PM
Dwarf Boxwood (SP.)
They are used here around driveway borders and when planted at 16" centers will create a small hedge, or you can space them more for a less formal approach. We trim them in a formal box shape for a select few customers. These little guys will fit right in between those bricks......Chaching!! They do well and are evergreen's!!

grandview (2006)
08-22-2009, 07:10 PM
Boxwoods or barberries

White Gardens
08-22-2009, 08:34 PM
Sky Pencil Holly's or some sort of trellis/arbor with a climbing vine of some sort.

08-22-2009, 08:50 PM
Korean Boxwood, winter gem's woud work nice.

08-22-2009, 09:37 PM
man that is a small space best case dwarf box wood maybe small hews abd keep them trimmed or possibly an enyomous with a lot of trimming how about an ornamental grass on the edge and 3 bow woods dwarf hinokou cypress and more box woods

08-22-2009, 09:56 PM
here's boxwoods, china girls and stella's. with a plant on the sidewalk.

08-22-2009, 09:59 PM
i would put the box woods where u have the flowers so in the winter it is not empty and i like the one on the side walk that can stay

08-22-2009, 10:10 PM
this better

08-22-2009, 11:01 PM
Looks good. You took the daylilly's out. I would mass those somewhere, maybe in a group of seven for some early summer color. What program did you use?

lawns Etc
08-22-2009, 11:13 PM
I like Dwarf Hinoki Cypress in gold and or green

White Gardens
08-22-2009, 11:32 PM
Here's my take.

That wall is blank, it needs something tall.


grass disaster
08-23-2009, 06:29 PM
we went with snowmound spireas.

plants cost me cost $60 for 5 plants #3 pots i believe

08-23-2009, 06:32 PM
A little bare in the winter.

08-24-2009, 09:32 AM
You live in a zone 4/5 location. Hostas are planted on the right side of the home’s entrance. I am under the impression that it is a partial/shaded area. When fall arrives, it will be a “bare” area. When winter comes, where will you put the snow? Will it be placed on top of the (proposed) shrubs? That is a narrow path. You want an open feel in entering a home. Sometimes, less is more.

My recommendation is:

• Keep the hostas
• Remove all scalloped edges. It is not needed (especially on the left side) and looks “chunky” in a small location. Install steel/aluminum edging due to its smaller “footprint”.
• Extend the right side walkway by removing some lawn. Align with farthest point (flowerbed). A visual appearance of an angle to conform to the angle of the concrete pad.
• Place ornamental stones (not additional rocks) on the left entrance instead of “busy” plantings. They won’t mind the snow placed on them.
• Small ornamental grass can be utilized with the stones. Choose small species that don’t encourage seeding.
• In fall, the grass and stones will remain visible into spring.
• I see an AC outlet (?) on the left entrance’s exterior. That would be an ideal time to illuminate the grass for Halloween.

Crude paint software, but it works.

08-26-2009, 09:14 PM
lilac bushes?

White Gardens
08-26-2009, 11:59 PM
lilac bushes?

Even the Miss Kim dwarf lilac would be too big.