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Need help selecting plants, zone 6

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by brichter14, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 304

    I am going to be doing a pretty big job next week but I need some help picking out the right plants. I was thinking of alternating daylillies with something else. It needs to be something resilient that can take direct sunlight and not get daily watering. I was thinking of some sort of small bush or shrub, maybe an emerald green thuja? I'm pretty new at this. This is the area that's getting the landscaping done. Just doin retaining bricks and red mulch.

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  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Stella D' Oras are very popular in blvds around here and they are not watered as far as I know... They are in bloom right now and look nice but they're alternated with something of foliage interest all season long,,, but I can't think what it is...
    I would be concerned about the emerald thuja giving up after a couple of dry spells in full sun...
     
  3. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 304

    That's what I call a daylillie, I was thinking of alternating that with something else that's in the shrub/bush family
     
  4. GVL LLC

    GVL LLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    what about a juniper ground cover. Maybe go with like the "blue rug" variety to offset the green color of the daylily stems.
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Junipers are tough survivors, but look messy in short order... I just remembered that 'spirea' was the alternate in most nonirrigated areas... they have a variety of leaf color other than green...
     
  6. jhouchins

    jhouchins LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Posts: 182

    Do you have a picture of the area. That would help with suggestions.

    Are you wanting your plants evergreen?

    Otto luyken laurel maybe. Very low maintenance.
     
  7. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 304

    The picture above is where they will be planted. I'm going to put a retaining wall about 3 feet to the left of the curb and curve it along to meet with the curb. Kind of hard to visualize I know. Anyways yeah I was thinking a small bush or evergreen, maybe some dwarf Japanese hollies or something.
     

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