Re: Something Missing

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Posted by Mike G on December 13, 2002 at 12:06:39:

In Reply to: Something Missing posted by John on December 04, 2002 at 11:58:33:

: Hello,
: I am designing my new landscape and I have an area where there are plants but nothing behind them and it looks like there is something missing, so I thought that I could place a line of green shrubs behind the other plants so when they die out in the winter there will still be some plants, my problem is that I dont konw what type of shrub to buy. I am concearned about the retainer wall that the plants would be beside, it is made of brick and I dont want anything that could bust the brick if it grew too big. I was wondering if there is a green shrub that is about a foot tall that you could recomend for me. Thanks,
: John


John,

I'd recommend to use evergreen plants. There are many that are well for your landscape layout and I will refrence a few for you to check out.

"Little Rascal" Holly (2'tall 3'wide slow grow).

Dwarf Myrtle (2-3' tall and wide slow grow)

Dwarf Mock Orange (beautiful, 2' tall and wide, cold hardiness: 20-30*F)

Dwarf Boxwood (shiny, deep green leaves, 1-2' tall and wide).

***Teddy Arborvitae, "Cute small globe shaped dwarf arborvitae for spatially challenged gardens." (1'tall 2'wide)

**Little Giant Arborvitae (slow-growing, very dense, 4' tallxwide but very slow grower)

Juniper species: (Many low-growing) 'blue star,' 'calgary carpet,' 'blue rug,' etc. would be perfect for the area as well, though these plants have a tendency to spread and creep.

The libraries here have many landscape books filled with pictures. Barnes & Noble and Borders bookshops have even more. The place to start when checking plants is books. I know too many people walk around a nursery, see a nice small potted plant that seems small, but turns out to be a gigantic 12' monster, and buy it because they think it stays small. Good luck in your selection, I'd like to hear what you choose.

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