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The Lawn Connection
12-19-2010, 09:21 PM
Can anyone suggest a bush that will be low maintenance and survive in about 8" of soil? Customer has 2 flower beds that only have 8" of soil on ( get this) concrete! I want to make sure that it has a fighting chance of survival.

Thanks in advance!

bmoorefield
12-19-2010, 09:41 PM
Doesn’t sound like a good situation to plant shrubs? Do you have any more specifics as to what the customer would like such as: flowering plants, leafy, or evergreen...or what type of area you will need to place the plants: shady, sunny? Based on what you said sedum, hosta, or a maiden grass based on the soil depth. I know these are not shrubs but will grow in shallow soil.

The Lawn Connection
12-19-2010, 09:56 PM
Doesnít sound like a good situation to plant shrubs? Do you have any more specifics as to what the customer would like such as: flowering plants, leafy, or evergreen...or what type of area you will need to place the plants: shady, sunny? Based on what you said sedum, hosta, or a maiden grass based on the soil depth. I know these are not shrubs but will grow in shallow soil.
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The Lawn Connection
12-19-2010, 09:57 PM
I do know it will be full sun. Evergreen or leafy will work as well.
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bmoorefield
12-19-2010, 10:10 PM
Barberry bush, spirea neon flash (will need to prune), dwarf crape myrtle, Nandina (fire power)... check a couple of these out. Look them up online, if you need more let me know.

The Lawn Connection
12-19-2010, 10:14 PM
Thanks bmoorefield! I will check these out tonight and see. I hate the conditions, but I am limited to the defined flower beds.
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kemco
12-19-2010, 11:35 PM
Just about any azalea as their root system generally only runs a few inches down and have no tap-root. They like moist well-drained soils so if the area is going to hold water I would stay away from the azalea though.

Stillwater
12-19-2010, 11:44 PM
you might want to go in the direction of perennials instead of shrubbery

VO Landscape Design
12-20-2010, 11:26 PM
Maybe some ground cover and then plant shrubs in a pot buried part way in the ground.
VO

august
12-22-2010, 11:22 PM
Ground cover.

KathysLGC
12-23-2010, 12:31 AM
Some Junipers may work also. Dwarf Spruces possibly also. What ever you put there will need to be fed often. I would put a little drainage also since they are on concrete.

gstros2
12-28-2010, 07:31 PM
how would you create drainage?

WES1
12-28-2010, 07:54 PM
You could try Asian Jasmine, it`s a hardy plant and once established it`s pretty much drought resistant