Posted by Newt on November 13, 2002 at 21:35:15:
In Reply to: border shrubs along fence posted by Barbara on November 11, 2002 at 08:43:34:
: We have lost our second set of Arborvite trees after a severe drought. We have a well and were limited to watering sparingly. Now that we have to take them all out I decided shrubs would be better. The area gets some sun for around 4 hours in the afternoon but is a bit shady otherwise. We live in NJ. Any ideas? Thanks!
You could be anywhere from zone 5 to zone 7. Here's a zip code zone finder.
I did a search at www.google.com and put in quotes with a plus sign like this: "shrubs" + "drought tolerant" . Then you could research the shrubs individually using the same method. For example, use the Latin or botanical name if you have it - "Aronia arbutifolia". You can also click on 'Images' and often get pictures. You might also want to search with "evergreen shrubs" + "drought tolerant".
One thing I will warn you is that any newly transplanted shrub, tree or plant will need supplemental water until it is established. That could take a year.
I would suggest that you plant in the fall when there is less heat stress and more rain. The plants should have 4 to 6 weeks in the ground before the ground freezes to establish it's roots. Lots of mulch will also help. You may also need to water in the winter if there is no moisture and the ground isn't frozen, but it shouldn't need to be done as much.