Looking for a plant...

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by polecat63, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hi all, I'm looking for an evergreen shrubs (or at least evergreen in zones 7b, 8a) that are low growing (1.5-3 feet) and have a "tropical" look. Any suggestions. They will be planted along with Hibiscus and Oleander.
     
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    perhaps a few cultivars from Abelia x grandiflora like 'Conti' aka Variegated Glossy Abelia.

    Growth habit is:
    A variegated sport reaching perhaps 2' tall with a dense, compact habit. The leaves are margined white (pinkish in winter) and it bears pure white flowers in summer. Early trials indicate that this plant may lack vigor and fail in zones colder than 7.

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  3. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I was thinking that or possibly a Deutzia.
     
  4. SOMM

    SOMM LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hmmm, "low growing, tropical looking, and evergreen" for Va. Beach, Va.

    Either Magnolia or native Bamboo would keep interesting green foliage during the winter, and look more tropical than capitata Yew or Holly. Magnolia might be a pain to train to your height requirements, but native Bamboo could be sheared off to about 3 foot no problem. Considered certain varieties of Rhododendron ?
     
  5. SOMM

    SOMM LawnSite Senior Member
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    ...certain viburnums could work well. White flowers in May, dark green leatherlike textured leaf.
     
  6. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Viburnum or a rhodo might work too. Bamboo..hmmmm. It's been my experience that if you let it go even a lttle it will take over, but it's something to consider.
     
  7. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bennet's Creek and Lancaster Farms have a hardy gardenia that will work for you.
    The Lord Baltimore series perennial hardy hibiscus will also give you a big tropical look...more so than the standard hibiscus.
     
  8. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm already using the hardy hibiscus and qriginally thought to use the gardenia as well. Was also thinking of sarcococa humilis.Just looking for different ideas.
     
  9. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    alocasia and colacasia should be able to overwinter well for you, and give you a Fatsia look alike.
    Van Bourgondien imports bulbs and has a warehouse in Chesapeake.
     
  10. Mats

    Mats LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Take a look at Nandinas. Harbor Dwarf and Wood's Dwarf will be 18" - 2' and Moon Bay tops out at 3'. Gulf Stream is a nice variety but at 3 -4' it might be a bit too large for you.
     

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