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    I'm in Zone 8, the front of my house faces the west.* I get great sun on the south side of the front of my house but the north side has a huge Texas Red oak that completley shades that side of the house.
    I need some ideas for anchor type shrubs or ornamental trees to plant on the corners of my front landscaping around the foundation.
    I planted Blue Point Junipers not realizing they need full sun.* I would like to plant evergreens of some sort and something that will grow tall.
    Please help.....all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    thanks

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    Hi Ruth,

    It helps to know your zone, but without knowing your state these trees might not be available in your area.* I might recommend different trees and/or shrubs if you are in zone 8 in Georgia then if you are in zone 8 in Arizona.* What state are you in?* Since you mention a Texas red oak, are you in Texas?

    I'm also a bit confused because you say the north side has the tree but you need a tree/shrub for the west side.* Maybe the tree is on the nw corner and it shades the west side?* Just how much sun, if any, does the area get?


    Is this the same request as here?
    http://www.backyardgardener.com/foru..._to=7904#p7904

    Newt

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    Hello Newt....thanks for your reply.* I posted this question in two areas hoping to get some good ideas so I also replied to your other post under General Gardening.

    I'm in Texas and you are right about the loacation of the large Red Oak.* It is on the north end of the west side of my house.* I'm guessing maybe two to three hours of sun and maybe not even that much.

    Does this help?

    Thanks,
    Ruth

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    Ruth, you are very welcome.* I'm posting my answer to your question on both forums for all to see.

    Thanks for getting back to me.* It sounds like you have a shade situation, at least once that oak leafs out.* Shade is considered 2 hours or less of direct sun.* I think I have just the site for you from your extension service.* I'll give you the link, but from that list the evergreens I would recommend:
    Yaupon Holly aka Ilex vomitoria - ht. 15', wd. 10' There is also a weeping variety with a narrow profile called Ilex vomitoria 'Pendula' that you will see at this first site.* This would be my first recommendation, especially for the wildlife value.
    http://www.floridata.com/ref/I/ilx_vom.cfm
    http://www.duke.edu/~cwcook/trees/ilvo.html
    http://www.wildflower.org/plants/res...?id_plant=ilvo

    Nellie R. Stevens Holly aka Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens' - ht. 10', wd. 10'
    http://www.floridata.com/ref/I/ilex_xne.cfm
    http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/c...r-stevens.html


    Here's the link that has recommendations for small shrubs to large ones to groundcovers to large trees, both evergreen and deciduous.
    http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/p.../northcen.html

    You might also find this helpful.
    http://www.txsmartscape.com/

    This site has wonderful info and you can search plants and get great ideas.* A visit would be quite a wonderful experience.* :)
    http://www.wildflower.org/

    If you need sites on how to plant, mulch and water just let me know.

    Since this is a duplicate post in another forum, I'm going to duplicate the answer there as I think it's an important question.

    Newt

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