suggestion for a plant

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Sweet Tater, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. Sweet Tater

    Sweet Tater LawnSite Silver Member
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    I need a plant to mix in with canna lilies, something evergreen, low maintenence, maybe flowers and take shade well.
     
  2. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    'Otto Luyken' Laurel
     
  3. Sweet Tater

    Sweet Tater LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thank you, I did a seach on the web for it, ery nice shrub. thank you very much
     
  4. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No problem! Hope it works for you. Also check out the Schip, or "SKIP" Laurel- it's sorta the taller, more upright version of the Otto... one of my favorite shrubs!
     
  5. The Elements Group

    The Elements Group LawnSite Senior Member
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    are you looking for a shrub as a back drop? try winter daphne, azealas, certian ferns, also dependind on light try anise
     
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    What kind of cannas are you using???

    Most of mine get upwards of 8-10 feet in good soil conditions.

    I'm guessing that they grow year-round in MS, so take in consideration they can swallow up everything around them.
     
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Canna Lilies do not take shade.
     
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not necessarily true. They will grow in the shade, only not as prolifically. There are some varieties that like part to full shade also.
     
  9. Sweet Tater

    Sweet Tater LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am not sure of the names of cannas , its just the average green leaf with yellow flower, they get about 6ft average here and no the are not year round, but I am aware of their reproducing rapidly
     
  10. White Gardens

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    The only thing I don't like about the evergreen idea with the cannas is that you'll have two different looks.

    With the canna, you'll have a tropical feel and sticking an evergreen in with it might look a little out of place.

    If you do go evergreen, maybe a boxwood with a larger leaf structure. If it were me, I would go with a rhododendron with a larger fleshy leaf.

    Heck, might want to look into a hardy palm too.

    Also, I know of a canna grower in Arkansas that leaves his in the ground all year, (Karcheski's (SP?) Cannas) I'm sure that if you have a standard hardy canna, it should be OK in the ground all winter in MS.
     

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