Need help with Acid loving plants.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by MJK, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
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    I need to make a small design for a home owner who has some pine trees in a bedding in between there house and neighbors house for privacy. They want me trim the Pines up 4-5 feet and plant some plantings all over the bed for some privacy. I need some help with plants that can be planted under, behind and in front of pine trees without dieing. Thanks for the help.

    Marc
     
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Broadleaf evergreens like rhododendrons, hollies, mountain laurel, cherry laurel, euonymus, japanese andromeda ...
     
  3. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
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    depending on the ph... most plants will work. most plants love ph from 6.5 to slighty under 7. but like agla said, rhodies and azaleas will looks great since we can get away with them. hyndrangeas as well
     
  4. STRINGALATION

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
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    question. wouldn't a lack of sun be an issue with the azaleas since he said between houses. i thought blooming plants usually need sun?
     
  5. NNL&LS

    NNL&LS Banned
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    Try arborvitae, or cedar. mix with rhododendron, hydrangea, and hosta.
     
  6. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
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    you need shade in texas, i dont know about the solar radiation in Michigan though.
     
  7. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    You will have a bigger problem of not enough moisture in the ground around large trees to support good growth.
     
  8. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Broadleaf evergreens, like azaleas, grow well in the shade. They tend to be slightly thinner and bllom less than in full sun, but they do well.

    Arborvitaes will not do well in the shade. They will thin out.

    Needle leaf evergreens will deteriorate quickly and die.
     
  9. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
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    are they ok with all the acid from the pines?
     
  10. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
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    yes on azaleas, they dont do high ph at all. acid soil is best.
     

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