Best flowering shrub for a partial sun front bed?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Townhouse Yards, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
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    Just like the title says. Client wants something to cover the foundation, and I will need four of them. Requirements are that it flowers, it's a shrub and perennial, and it likes partial sun. My first thought was rhododendron, but I don't know how they would do in partial sun. If it helps, I am located in Northern Virginia. Thanks in advance!
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  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    shrubs and perrenials are different. Do you want something evergreen since its a foundation planting by the house? what are the size requirements?

    Evergreen w/ flowers
    azalea (find the evergreen variety)
    rhododendron
    laurel
    camellia
    pieris japonica


    Evergreen without showy flowers
    boxwood
    Japanese holly
    euonymus
    hollies
    mugo pine
    cryptomeria globosa
    dwarf hinoki cypress
    ilex galebra (inkberry)
    nandina firepower (nice red foliage all year)


    Non-evergreen
    some azaleas
    clethora arnifolia
    fathergilla
    glossy abelia
    spirea
    hydrangea
    red twig dogwood (keep it pruned 3-5' high) has nice red bark in winter


    That should give you some options
     
  3. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There are some creeping varieties of camellias.
     
  4. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    Encore azaleas.
     
  5. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
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    Try Wine & Rose Weigela, Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush, Spirea...just make sure they fit in your Zone. These shrubs will.
     
  6. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
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    Hey guys thanks for all the suggestions. I am sorting through all of them now. I'll let you know what I end with.
     
  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    do you shop at meadows farms?
     
  8. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
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    No not really, mostly this place called Merrifield Garden Center.
     
  9. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    oh ok, cause I know the prices are good and quality is good at meadows farms. customer service is hit or miss. go on the weekday if you can.
    let us know how it turns out. post pics!
     
  10. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 818

    I will. I am putting them in tomorrow along with mulch. I sent the client a list of the top 5 I thought would work for the space, and she approved rhododendron or the butterfly bush. I am going to my nursery I shop at after school to check out the selection.
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