Bushes, what kind?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by The Lawn Connection, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. The Lawn Connection

    The Lawn Connection LawnSite Member
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    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!
     
  2. bmoorefield

    bmoorefield LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  3. The Lawn Connection

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  4. The Lawn Connection

    The Lawn Connection LawnSite Member
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    I do know it will be full sun. Evergreen or leafy will work as well.
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  5. bmoorefield

    bmoorefield LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  6. The Lawn Connection

    The Lawn Connection LawnSite Member
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    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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  7. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    you might want to go in the direction of perennials instead of shrubbery
     
  9. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
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    Maybe some ground cover and then plant shrubs in a pot buried part way in the ground.
    VO
     
  10. august

    august LawnSite Member
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    Ground cover.
     

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