Planting suggestion?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ron mexico75, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    As you can see this bed is in need of something new. The homeowner selected dwarf Alberta Spruce several years ago and you can see the result.

    This is Zone 7, and it faces a Westerly direction.

    Just trying to see if you guys have any ideas for plant material that might be interesting.

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  2. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe dwarf burford hollies?
     
  3. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    maybe Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird' or the 16 candles variety? They do need a constantly moist area though........so I've heard.
     
  4. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    spirea of some variety........
     
  5. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    wow, I guess not many people on here know their plant material.......?
     
  6. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
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    Encore azaleas, knockout roses, any paniculata hydrangea( try limelight or little lime), purple diamond loropetalum, crimson fire loropetalum, kaleidoscope abelia, sasanqua camellias, adagio, Miscanthus, gold mound spirea to name a few.
     
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Z7 desert isn't plant material that interest us from the midwest... seems like people in Z7 desert are the ones that should know Z7 desert plants...
     
  8. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thank you. Customer has hydrangeas in the front so I don't wnat to "over do" those. I have used the Encores on several projects before. Don't you think against the house facing west would be too much for them?

    I do like the kaleidoscope abelia, very intriguing variety. I'm not sure if they will get tall enough for that spot though.

    While looking I came across these; Viburnum plicatum 'Newport'. What do you trhink?

    http://www.yourgardenshow.com/plants/8674-Viburnum-plicatum-Newport-



    I also like your suggestion of purple diamond loropetalum. I have never planted that before.
     
  9. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
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    Encores would prefer more sun. I have them on the SW side of my house and they do just fine.
     
  10. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hmm interesting. I always though azaleas needed partial shade especially in the afternoon.

    I think I am going to go with your suggestion of the purple diamond. Really like the look of those. The year round burgundy foliage and the flowers in the spring really hit the mark in my opinion. Don't see these around here either so they would stand out. Affordable shrub as well keeping cost low.
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